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Tragic death of high school senior illustrates dangers of teen drivers

There are various common factors that can cause younger drivers to get into accidents.
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    January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- For teenagers across the United States, getting their driver's license is one of life's biggest milestones. Gaining the independence and responsibility of driving a vehicle is a big deal. However, the first few years after learning to drive are particularly dangerous, not only for teen drivers but for other sharing the roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the main cause of death for teenagers in the country. More than 2,000 teenagers are killed and 200,000 are hurt in accidents every year. Additionally, younger drivers cause a large amount of accidents that injure others, with teenagers being responsible for about 30 percent of car accidents in the U.S.

There are various common factors that can cause younger drivers to get into accidents. For starters, teens simply don't have the experience to judge a driving hazard and to make quick decisions to avoid getting into an accident. They may have trouble at first judging road and weather conditions, and driving at night. Teens are also notorious for making reckless decisions, such as showing off for their passengers, taking risks, driving drunk or getting into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking.

Car accident causes death of Savannah teen

Authorities were still unsure what caused the accident that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old high school senior from Savannah last September. According to WBTW News 13, the girl's brother was driving an SUV, which left the road and hit a utility pole. The girl was killed in the accident, while her brother and another female passenger were injured.

Parents will want to educate their kids before they begin driving, in order to avoid tragedies like this. Of course, teenagers can't avoid all accidents just like everyone else, but the choices they make can influence how safe they are on the road. State Farm offers the following tips for parents:
- Always set a good example by following traffic laws.
- Don't drive aggressively, speed or tailgate others.
- Avoid driving while angry or sleepy.
- Don't use cell phones or drive while distracted.
- Always wear seatbelts and make sure passengers are buckled up.

Teenagers can be influenced by their passengers to make risky driving decisions, but they can also be influenced by their parents to make good choices behind the wheel.

Getting help from an attorney

With the statistics regarding teenage drivers, it's possible that you may be involved in a car accident caused by a teenager. If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to the compensation of your medical expenses and other losses. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away to discuss your rights.

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