NHTSA focuses on preventing auto accidents among teenage drivers
The NHTSA has launched a public awareness campaign to reduce the number of fatalities caused by teen drivers.
October 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- NHTSA focuses on preventing auto accidents among teenage drivers
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Malcolm Gladwell famously concluded that it takes an individual 10,000 hours at a given task to become an expert in the field. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that novices in any area are more likely to make mistakes than those who have years of practice. According to federal statistics, such is the case with driving -- as teen motorists are most at risk of being killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
As a result, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched a campaign meant to reduce the number of fatalities caused by teenage drivers each year.
According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the likelihood of a fatal crash increases three times when the motorist is between the ages of 16 and 19 than for those over 20 years of age.
The NHTSA's campaign is meant to curb some of the most dangerous activities in which teen drivers regularly engage. The "5 to Drive" campaign asks parents to focus on five areas in particular:
-No additional passengers.
-No alcohol use.
-No driving without a seat belt.
These factors are often noted as contributing causes of teen auto accidents in the U.S. For instance, of the teen motorists involved in fatal collisions, 12 percent were distracted when the crash occurred. Cellphones are one of the most common forms of teen driver distraction, although riding with other teens also increases the likelihood of a crash.
Teen auto accidents in Michigan
In Michigan, teenage fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents actually declined recently. According to the Michigan State Police, 99 teens died in auto accidents in 2011 -- in 2012, that figure dropped to 85 fatalities.
Some attribute this positive change to Michigan's graduated driver's licensing program, which places restrictions on teens as they work to obtain a full driver's license. The restrictions imposed during the GDL process include prohibiting teens from driving during certain times of day and limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle with the teen driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a teenage driver, you may be able to recover damages as a result of the harm caused. In such cases, consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney will ensure your rights are protected.
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