Teenage Driving Risks
Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage in most teenagers lives. While teens enjoy the freedom that comes with driving, parents worry over their teens safety and their behavior while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these fears are justified. Car accidents involving teenage drivers are common, and injuries sustained in these accidents can be severe and even deadly. If you or someone you love has a teenaged driver, it is important to be aware of risks these young drivers face, as well as knowing what you can do to help keep your teen driver safe.
Teen Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teens are at a higher risk for being involved in car crashes and collisions than any other age group, with car accidents being the leading cause of death for drivers aged 16-19. Each day, six teens die as the result of teen driving accidents, while thousands more suffer serious injuries. Common causes of car accidents among teenagers include the following:
- Overall lack of experience in driving;
- Tendency to engage in risky behavior, such as speeding or racing;
- Underestimating potentially hazardous situations;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving.
The CDC states that teens are most likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident within the first six months after getting their license, and that accidents are more likely to occur when teenagers have other passengers in the car.
Tips to Prevent Teen Car Accidents
In order to ensure your young driver’s safety, it is important to establish some ground rules in terms for their driving and when they can use the car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than half of all teen driving accidents occur at night and on the weekends, so limiting access to your vehicle is one way to help prevent accidents from occurring. It is also important for parents to model good driving behavior themselves, and to spend time in the car with their teen, guiding them in how to handle the various situations that arise. Other tips the NHTSA recommends for parents of young drivers includes the following:
- Encourage your teen to always wear a seat belt.
- Emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes on the road, and prohibit your teen from using cellphones or texting while behind the wheel.
- Restrict the number of passengers they are permitted to have in the car while driving.
- Discuss the dangers of driving under the influence, and make your teen aware of the legal penalties associated with getting a DUI.
It is important to emphasize to young drivers the importance of following traffic laws and regulations behind the wheel, and to remind them that engaging in reckless behavior not only endangers themselves, but also their passengers and other motorists on the road as well.
We Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Florida car accident lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we understand the serious injuries that can result from these accidents. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable so that you can get the compensation you need to recover. We serve all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties; call or contact our office online today for a free consultation today.