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Teens driving unsafely can face criminal charges as well as endanger lives

Many teens are notorious for risk-taking behavior and recklessness, but those aren't the only reasons they can cause accidents.
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    January 11, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Every year, thousands of teenagers are killed and many more are injured in car crashes across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teenage drivers are responsible for the highest annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other group, as well as 30 percent of the country's total costs for auto accident injuries. With these statistics, it may be unsurprising to learn that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, above all other major factors.

In Massachusetts, drivers ages 15 to 18 were involved in 48 deaths and a staggering 22,409 crashes in 2004, says the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Of course, parents will want to protect their children from becoming yet another statistic - they will also want to prevent them from hurting others in crashes, so naturally they'll want to know the main reasons teenagers get into car accidents.

Many teens are notorious for risk-taking behavior and recklessness, but those aren't the only reasons they can cause accidents. Simple inexperience contributes to a large amount of crashes. It takes time to master driving skills, especially with night driving or bad weather and road conditions. Most new drivers aren't immediately able to recognize driving hazards, or to make split-second decisions to prevent an accident. Additionally, many teenagers don't wear their seatbelts and can be influenced to take risks or show off for their friends. A large amount of teenagers also engage in drinking and driving.

Frightening crash shows how teens can be criminally liable for their choices

The Boston Herald reported on a crash in September in Jamaica Plain involving an 18-year-old driver. According to police, the man was driving 80 miles per hour when he lost control of his SUV, which jumped the median, rolled and hit another vehicle. Six people were injured in the crash - two of them critically. The driver faces many charges, including negligent operation of a motor vehicle, unsafely crossing the road's lane markings and speeding.

Teaching kids to make safe driving choices can prevent heartbreaking accidents, as well as criminal charges that can affect a driver for life. State Farm offers the following tips for parents:
- Always set a good example while driving.
- Obey traffic laws and be courteous to other drivers.
- Wear seatbelts at all times, and ensure passengers are also buckled up.
- Don't drive while tired, angry or distracted.
- Avoid speeding or tailgating.

Kids who see their parents consistently practicing safe driving habits will have a better chance of making smart driving choices when they're behind the wheel.

How an attorney can help

If you've been injured in an accident caused by an inexperienced, intoxicated or negligent teenager, you may be eligible for the compensation of your medical expenses or other losses. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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