January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It's a common saying that teenagers don't think anything bad can happen to them. This type of thinking is especially prevalent when it comes to driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers across the United States. Younger drivers have the highest average crash and traffic violation rates of every driving group, and account for about 30 percent of the costs of all auto accident injuries. Additionally, teenage drivers are three times more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal accident.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported 565 people were killed and 40,144 were injured in car accidents
in the state in 2011. Given the above statistics, teenage drivers may have been responsible for a large amount of these accidents.
Common reasons for teenage car accidents
Younger, inexperienced drivers are more at risk of being in an accident merely due to the fact that they don't yet have the skills to recognize and quickly respond to dangerous driving situations. Certain factors, such as driving at night, may be difficult for teens to master. Many teenagers also make the dangerous decision to drink and drive.
A large amount of teenagers also avoid wear seatbelts while driving, or create a risk for their passengers. In fact, showing off for friends is a major cause of accidents, especially for teenage boys. Young drivers may be influenced by their friends to participate in risky driving activities. Tragically, this appeared to be the case for a group of teenage boys on Interstate 94 in August of last year. TwinCities.com reported on the incident, in which the New Richmond teenagers attempted to give a phone number to a girl they noticed in another car. The driver's attention wasn't focused on the road while he searched for a pen and paper, and he crashed into the back of a semi-truck as it was stopped for traffic. Three of the boys were killed in the crash, and a 17-year-old passenger was the only survivor.
Most teenagers don't get behind the wheel intending to hurt anyone, but they may not realize their decisions can have such a sudden and life-changing effect on others. Parents can help them make safe driving decisions. State Farm offers the following tips:
- Set a good driving example by obeying traffic rules and driving safely at all times.
- Communicate rules and expectations to kids before allowing them to drive.
- Always wear a seatbelt, and make sure passengers are buckled up.
- Don't drive while distracted, tired or angry.
- Don't speed or tailgate other drivers.
By setting a good example, parents can help inspire their kids to make develop good driving habits years before they're old enough to drive.
Contacting an attorney
Unfortunately, even with the best teaching and preparation, negligent or intoxicated teenagers still cause many accidents. People who have been injured
by a teenage driver should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out about their options, which may include compensation for their medical expenses.
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