January 14, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As you probably imagined, teenage drivers lack the experience behind the wheel to development the foresight needed to avoid dangerous situations and to prevent accidents before they occur. These defensive driving skills gradually develop over time.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a motor vehicle accident
is the most likely cause of death for teens. Because of the large number of teens killed in auto accidents, there have been many attempts to educate younger drivers on some of the steps that they can take to improve safety, but unfortunately it appears that many are not be getting the message soon enough. Classroom education helps, but ultimately experience is also of paramount importance. Driving with experienced drivers, coupled with a desire to glean from others, can help accelerate the learning curve.
A recent report by the New England Journal of Medicine examined two distinct groups of drivers over two different time periods. In the first, 100 drivers aged 18-72 had cameras placed in their vehicles for one year to gather data about their driving habits. In the second, teen drivers who had their licenses for less than a year were monitored for 18 months.
As the study progressed, younger drivers were found to be two times as likely to become dangerously distracted while driving, including using their cellphones to talk or text while driving.
In Missouri, there is a ban in place that prevents drivers under the age of 21 from texting while driving. There have been several attempts to make these laws stronger, including applying them to all motorists, but so far, these efforts have not received enough votes to pass.
Additional research is ongoing to determine exactly how severe of a problem distracted driving is for teens. Common sense tells us that distracted driving is a very serious problem for all of us and that the adverse effects are likely to be more severe on younger drivers. In the meantime, parents should discuss safe driving habits with their young drivers so that they know how important it is to keep their eyes on the road at all times. Examples of devastating injuries, and even deaths, resulting from texting and cell phone use can help drive home the point.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, the medical expenses may be quickly adding up. If the injuries force you to be out of work for a significant amount of time, it can be very difficult for you to be able to make ends meet while you recover.
You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to conduct a no cost, no obligation review of your case to determine how best to proceed. While you may be receiving offers from insurance companies, know that these companies are not on your side, although you may think they are. They want you to settle your claims for less than they would have to pay you should you hire an attorney. These offers must be carefully reviewed to be certain that they are in your best interests, and your attorney can offer you advice concerning your specific situation.
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