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Teens more likely to cause crashes than older drivers

It can be difficult for many teens to understand that their actions can affect someone else for life and have tragic results.
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    February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When a teenager first gets his or her license, it's an important and exciting milestone. It can certainly be said that the last thing they want to do is hurt someone in an accident, or to get hurt themselves. Unfortunately, young drivers are responsible for many car accidents across the U.S. About 30 percent of the total medical car accident costs in the country can be attributed to teen drivers, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Car accidents account for over 2,000 teen deaths and 200,000 injuries each year - the main cause of death for teenagers nationwide, over any other cause.

The main reason for so many crashes is driver inexperience, although risk taking, distraction and intoxication are other common factors among teen drivers. More experienced drivers have learned how to recognize and navigate through dangerous situations, while new drivers are still gaining experience. Night driving, driving through bad weather and road conditions and making quick decisions are also skills that most teen drivers have yet to master. Many teens also choose not to wear seatbelts while driving or riding as passengers.

Tragic, life-long consequences for careless driving

It can be difficult for many teens to understand that their actions can affect someone else for life and have tragic results. This was illustrated by a heartbreaking accident last June, reported the New York Post. A 17-year-old unlicensed driver hit a 4-year-old girl and her grandmother while the pair was walking to school, hospitalizing the woman while the girl was killed. The driver fled in his SUV, but was later caught and pled guilty to manslaughter and assault. He may serve 15 years in prison.

Friends can influence teens to make poor decisions

When teens are driving around their friends, they may often feel the need to show off or take unnecessary risks, which can cause accidents as well as get them in trouble with the law. Parents who consistently set good examples can help their children form good driving habits years before they're even old enough to drive. State Farm offers the following tips:
- Don't drive while using a cell phone.
- Don't drive while distracted, sleepy or angry.
- Always buckle up before starting the car, and make sure passengers are wearing their seatbelts.
- Set a good example by following rules, including not speeding, tailgating or driving aggressively.

When parents set good examples, as well as communicate their rules and expectations when teens begin to drive, they stand a much better chance of preventing their kids from getting hurt in accidents or hurting others.

When to contact an attorney

Despite all the precautions you take, an accident can still happen at any time. Serious car accidents can result in injuries that cost thousands of dollars in medical bills, as well as lost wages and recovery time. You may be entitled to compensation if you've been hurt in an accident that was the fault of a negligent teenager. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your rights.

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