January 11, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- With school well under way, many students are going to be on the roads driving to and from school, as well as going to various extra-curricular activities and social events on the weekends. It may not come as a surprise that teenage drivers cause a lot of accidents
, but many people may not realize just how bad the problem really is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young drivers are about three times more likely to cause a fatal crash than drivers age 20 and older. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles reported that drivers ages 15 to 18 were involved in 48 deaths and 22,409 crashes in the state in 2004.
Accidents caused by teenagers can be costly, accounting for about 30 percent of the total costs of auto accident injuries each year. And unfortunately, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers throughout the U.S., with young drivers having the highest rates of accidents and violations than any other group.
Common reasons for dangers involving teenage drivers
Many teenagers can be careful, respectful drivers. However, a wide variety of driving habits and mistakes can be attributed to young drivers, who often lack the experience or insight to make safe driving decisions. New drivers can have trouble judging the risks of different scenarios, or lack the experience to make a quick decision to avoid an accident. Many, especially males, enjoy showing off for their friends or can be influenced by passengers encouraging them to take risks. Also, a large amount of teenagers don't wear seatbelts, or drive while intoxicated.
Speeding is also a major factor in accidents caused by teenage drivers, as in the case of a 17-year-old high school student, who is facing charges related to a crash in Easton last September that killed an elderly man and his dog. The Easton Patch reported that the boy was on his way home from football practice the morning the accident occurred. He was charged with speeding causing death and failure to stay in marked lanes.
Helping teens make better driving decisions
No parent wants to see their kids hurt someone, or end up with criminal charges. And especially, nobody wants to find out the tragic news that their teenage child was seriously injured
or killed in a crash. State Farm has offered the following tips to help parents teach their kids safe driving habits:
- Obey traffic laws and drive courteously.
- Always wear a seatbelt, and make sure passengers are buckled up before driving.
- Don't use cell phones while driving, or participate in other distracting activities.
- Avoid speeding, tailgating, driving aggressively and other dangerous driving maneuvers.
By setting an example with everyday driving, parents can ingrain good habits in their children years before they're ready to take the driver's test.
When to contact an attorney
If you or a loved one has been affected by the decisions of a teenage driver, it's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Medical and funeral expenses can become expensive very quickly, and you may be eligible for the compensation of your losses.
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