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New NHTSA campaign to save lives of young drivers could help teens in MO

It is critical that parents help their teenagers understand how important safe driving behaviors are.
 
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    December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Many parents in St. Louis, Missouri, feel nervous when they first hand the car keys over to their young drivers. Teens are known for being involved in a disproportionate number of accidents due to distracted or reckless driving behaviors, and many parents worry about whether their teenager is ready for the responsibility of driving.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign that was announced in October focuses on driving behaviors that have proven especially dangerous and prominent among teenagers. The campaign provides an opportunity for parents to remind their children of safe driving habits as well as the potential danger posed by other motorists.

Teen driving accident statistics

It is critical that parents help their teenagers understand how important safe driving behaviors are. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among young people between ages 14 and 18, according to Distraction.gov, a website associated with the NHTSA. Even more upsetting is the fact that many of these accidents could easily have been prevented with safe driving habits. The website presents the following statistics from car crashes across the nation in 2011:
- A total of 2,105 teenagers were involved in fatal accidents, with 942 of those teenagers being killed in the accident.
- More than half of the teenagers who were fatally injured were not wearing seatbelts.
- Speeding played a role in more than one-third of fatal crashes.
- Distracted driving played a role in 12 percent of fatal crashes.
- Just over 500 people were killed in crashes in which a teenage driver had been drinking.

In Missouri, speeding and driving drunk are against the law, and according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, texting and driving is banned for drivers under 21. However, some drivers break the law because they do not appreciate the danger in doing so. Young drivers may find it especially easy to ignore the texting ban since it doesn't apply to Missouri drivers of all ages. Considering this, it is important for parents to educate their young drivers on the dangers and consequences of driving recklessly.

"5 to Drive" campaign announced

To that end, the NHTSA announced a campaign to run during National Traffic Safety Week in October. Although that week has passed, parents can still benefit from talking with their teenagers about the five driving behaviors identified by the NHTSA as most problematic:
- Texting and cell phone use
- Speeding
- Driving impaired
- Not wearing seat belts
- Driving with too many passengers

Drivers who avoid these five behaviors can significantly reduce their likelihood of being fatally injured -- or even involved -- in an accident.

Of course, there are always cases where drivers are involved in accidents that they personally could not have prevented. Even the most careful and vigilant drivers can fall victim to careless drivers or other circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident with a negligent driver, you should meet with a lawyer to discuss compensation options.

Visit us at caraccidentlawyer-stlouis.com/



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