Teen Driver Safety Week Highlights 5 to Drive Key Causes for Youth Accidents
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 16, 2015 in Auto Accidents
One of the many fears parents have about the safety of their teenage children is the possibility of getting into a fatal car accident. Although learning to drive is an important milestone for teenagers in America, the road is still a dangerous place. Teenagers often underestimate the risks associated with driving, get easily distracted or lack the maturity to practice safe driving habits.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people ages 15 to 24 account for over 30 percent of motor vehicle injuries, despite accounting for only 14 percent of the U.S. population. They also estimate that, on average, six teens die every day in fatal car crashes.
To promote better driving habits among teenage drivers, the United States Department of Transportation is promoting its annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, which takes place from Oct. 18-24 for 2015. The focus of the program is 5 to drive, five common mistakes that are leading causes of teen auto accidents.
Five to Drive Tips for Teenagers:
- No Cell Phones Distraction remains the leading cause of teen crashes, with cell phone use being a factor in 12 percent of crashes. Keep your cell phone turned off while driving, and if you need to call for an emergency, pull over and find a place to park.
- No Extra Passengers Teens are 44 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash when they have passengers with them. Avoid bringing your friends along for the ride unless absolutely necessary.
- No Speeding Speeding is a factor in over 30 percent of fatal teen car accidents. Stay within the posted speed limit, and dont tailgate other drivers. If you are being tailgated, pull over and let them pass.
- No Alcohol Twenty-five percent of young drivers killed in car crashes had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Dont drink and drive, and dont get into a vehicle with another driver whos been drinking, even if they appear not drunk.
- Buckle Up 56 percent of teen passengers killed in auto accidents were not wearing their safety belts. Always buckle up before starting your engine. Make it part of your routine when getting ready to drive.
If you are a teen driver, make sure to pay attention to the road and be aware of your own adherence to safe driving practices. If you are a parent of a teenage driver, make time to talk to your child about safe driving practices. You can instill responsible driving habits by making a driving privileges agreement and continuing to supervise their driving.
Even the most careful driver can still be at risk of being in a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision, contact Harbin & Burnett, experienced South Carolina auto accident lawyers today. We will help get the justice you deserve.