This week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. In 2012, 4,283 young drivers ages 15-20 were involved in fatal crashes and 1,875 of those drivers (44 percent) died in the crash, according to federal data. In an effort to prevent vehicle-related injury and deaths among teen drivers, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a three step approach:
- Increasing seat belt use;
- Implementing graduated driver licensing laws;
- Reducing teens’ access to alcohol and drugs through parental responsibility, beginning at home.
Below are some helpful tips we encourage you make obligatory with your teen driver:
- Distractions are deadly. Distracted driving is one of the key factors that lead to automobile accidents. Avoid cell phone use, texting and driving, eating and drinking, using GPS devices and other dashboard distractions while behind the wheel.
- Peer passengers. Most teen drivers who are involved in fatal accidents had teen passengers in the vehicle with them. Few teens are aware of this risk. In fact, only 1 in 10 teens consider the presence of peer passengers as a safety risk. Just one teen passenger in the vehicle doubles the risk of a teen driver being involved in a fatal car crash. Having three or more peer passengers in the car quadruples the risk! Teen drivers should have no passengers under the age of 21 in their vehicle during the first six months of having their license.
- ‘Ride like a Friend’: This awareness program is for teen drivers and lists safe passenger behaviors, like: wearing a seat belt, reducing distractions in the vehicle, respecting the driver and assisting the driver if needed. These kinds of safe passenger behaviors will help reduce the risk of injury and death in the event of a car accident.
Related Teen Driver Safety Resources
- National Teen Driver Safety Week October 19-25, 2014 – from Safetylane.org
- Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week – from Ride Like A Friend
Talk To Your Teen About Driving Safety
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury as the result of an automobile accident with a distracted driver, you need to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Distracted driving can be difficult to prove in court. Our auto accident attorneys are well equipped and armed with years of legal experience helping clients succeed with auto insurance claims. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in more detail.