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Serious dangers of teen speeding possibly ignored over other driving issues

Everyone knows that speeding is deadly, but people might be surprised at how widespread the problem really is.
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    December 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When the subject of dangerous driving activities comes up, drunk driving and texting while driving might come to mind at first. Various safety education programs and news articles have focused on these issues that are common among teen drivers. While the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving can't be discounted, another hazardous form of driving that may not be getting the vital attention it needs is speeding, says USA Today.

Everyone knows that speeding is deadly, but people might be surprised at how widespread the problem really is. The Governors Highway Safety Association says that speeding can be accounted for in at least one-third of all traffic fatalities across the United States. Speeding is a major problem in New York. In 2012, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles reported 348 deaths and a staggering 17,999 injuries due to speeding in the state.

Teen and young adult drivers more likely to disregard speeding laws

Reports have shown that about half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with at least three passengers were related to speeding, according to a USA Today report. But the problem isn't exclusive to teenage drivers. ABC News 10 reported on the incident earlier this month of a 20-year-old speeding a BMW on Route 196 in Kingsbury. The car hit an embankment and flipped, seriously injuring one passenger who was partially ejected, and giving another passenger minor injuries. Authorities believed both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Because passengers were hurt, it's possible they or their families could pursue legal action against the driver to compensate them for their medical expenses.

While speed limits rise above 55 miles per hour in locations throughout the country, it's likely that high-speed accidents won't disappear anytime soon. The feeling of speed can be exhilarating, and may tempt drivers, especially teenage males, to engage in other risky activities that can be classified as aggressive driving. These include weaving in and out of traffic, driving too fast for road or weather conditions and greatly exceeding speed limits.

Concerned parents may wonder what they can do to keep their kids out of harm's way. These suggestions may help teens to make better choices about safe driving:
- Set firm boundaries and rules regarding speed limits, seat belt use, etc.
- Don't buy a teen his or her own car right after turning 16; kids are more likely to drive safer in the family car.
- Monitor kids' driving behavior and restrict privileges if necessary.

By instilling good driving habits in teenagers while they're still learning to drive, parents can set the groundwork for wise driving choices when kids are on the road on their own.

Contacting an attorney

Car accidents caused by speeding can result in severe injuries that may cost victims tens of thousands of dollars. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney after an accident can help a victim recover some of his or her losses.

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