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Teen Driving Accidents: Causes and Prevention

Published on Sep 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm in Auto Accident.

More than 70% percent of crashes resulting in fatalities or injuries of drivers, passengers, and bystanders are the result of teen driving. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death of U.S. teenagers accounting for more than 1/3.

The causes behind these alarming statistics as a result of teen driving stem from:

  • Inexperience
  • Immaturity
  • Speeding
  • Drinking while driving
  • Reduced or zero use of seat belts
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving at night
  • Usage of other Drugs

As a result, teen driving is a major concern for those interested in highway safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed and constructed a multi- dimensional approach toward reducing motor vehicle-related casualties and injuries resulting from teen driving.

These measures include encouraging the following practices through awareness and positive educational campaigns:

  • Seat belt use;
  • Enforcing graduated driver licensing;
  • Reduction of teens’ access to alcohol and other drugs; and
  • Parental responsibility.

How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Driving Accidents

As a parent, you can play a major role in helping your teen understand the grim consequences of irresponsible driving. Talk to your kids about road safety, distracted driving, using seat belts, and the affects of drinking and driving. In addition to letting them know the legal consequences, set rules at home and, if they are not followed, be strong enough to take their driving privileges away. Remember, it is not just about their lives, but also about their passengers and other drivers on the road as well.

Spell out some rules loud and clear to your teen driver.

  • Absolutely NO alcohol use;
  • Always buckle your seatbelts;
  • No cell phone while driving, including no texting or no talking on the phone; and
  • No late night drives.

These are just a few steps you can take to limit teen driving accidents. However, not all accidents involving teen drivers can be prevented, and a dangerous collision may result if a young motorist acts in a reckless manner. Louisville auto accident lawyer Tad Thomas has the skills and experience needed to obtain compensation for victims harmed by another’s negligence in a traffic accident.

Find more information and resources, visit http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/ or follow the CDC’s Parents are the Key Facebook page.