Parental Liability for Underage Drivers

Nick Bollea, the 17-year-old star of the hit reality TV show “Hogan Knows Best,” recently slammed his car into a tree in Clearwater, Florida. Nick suffered only minor injuries. However, his passenger, John Graziano, who had recently returned from his second tour with the Marines in Iraq, is now fighting for his life in an area hospital due to the injuries he sustained in the car accident. Photographs of the scene show Bollea’s visibly upset father, famed WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan, staring at the mangled wreckage of his son’s sports car. As a parent, your heart goes out to Hogan; there is nothing more frightening than the thought of your child being hurt, or worse. However, the lawyer in me wants to shout, “Hold on to your wallet, Hulk!” The cost of this accident could be very dear indeed.

Teenage Girl Driving

Parents of underage drivers take an enormous financial risk every time their child gets behind the wheel. Parents can be held liable for the negligent acts of minor drivers and most parents are not even aware of the extent of the liability.

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How to Be a Great Student: Suggestions from Two Professors

As the beginning of the school year approaches, some parents get queasy feelings in their stomachs and feel rushes of adrenaline every time they see advertisements for school supplies. Their students did not do as well as expected last year, perhaps even failing courses, and they wonder if this year will bring more of the same. Phrases from last year’s painful parent-teacher conferences echo in their heads, and anxiety mounts as they ponder what they, and their children, can do differently. For families that do not have a strong academic backgrounds, the task can seem insurmountable, and the possibility for change very slim. Yet changing the study habits of children and teenagers, and even college students, is not complicated or impossible. It requires persistence and perseverance on the part of the student, opportunities to learn practical and creative study habits, and good classroom behavior. Parents need to play a strong supporting role reinforcing these habits and behaviors.

My father, who retired after forty years of teaching college English last year, always said, “Being a good student is ten percent talent, and ninety percent sweat.”

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Part Two of this article, Writing Well, covers tips for the mastery of writing skills including outlining, drafting, editing and revising, and increasing vocabulary. Part Three, Taking Tests with More Success, provides many secrets for improving study habits, memorization, and test scores.

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