10/10/2014 // 1-800-Car-Wreck (Press Release) // Amy Witherite // (press release)
Young drivers with limited experience have the highest risk out of any age group of becoming involved in a car crash. Statistics also show that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are more likely to be killed in a crash than older drivers.
Source: CDC “Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet”
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.1 In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.”
To read further visit http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Teen_Drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html.
There are factors that are stated to effect teen driving behaviors that can place young drivers in danger. Passengers in their peer group are reportedly among the most significant influences that create distractions that lead teenage drivers to engage in behaviors that are risky.
Source: NHTSA “The Effect of Passengers on Teen Driver Behavior”
“A number of studies have shown that passengers substantially increase the risk of crashes for young, novice drivers. This increased risk may result from distractions that young passengers create for drivers. Alternatively, the presence of passengers may increase the likelihood of teenage drivers engaging in explicitly risky behaviors, for example, by actively encouraging the drivers to take risks.”
To read further visit www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811540.pdf.
The Fort Worth based car accident injury lawyers of 1-800-CAR-WRECK say that identifying potential distractions for teen drivers is beneficial for families and the community when it comes to assessing what steps can be taken to reduce crash risks. Whether listening to loud music, eating, or using mobile devices, there are activities some teen drivers may view as fun to do while their friends are traveling with them that take too much focus off what should be their top priority: arriving safely to their destination. Many parents and teens are not aware of the scope of the problem, with some even feeling there is safety in numbers. However, by understanding that there are serious risks involved in allowing teens to travel with their peers, parents can discuss their concerns with them and agree upon a safety plan before allowing them to get behind the wheel.
For those who have been involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence or misconduct, legal help is available from the Eberstein & Witherite firm. Individuals with questions about their legal options can contact the Fort Worth office at any time by calling 1-800-CAR-WRECK and requesting a free case review.
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