Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for a teenager, but one that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Many parents of newly licensed teen drivers worry about their children’s safety every time they get behind the wheel. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers aged 16 to 17 had a crash rate that was almost double compared to drivers aged 18 to 19, and close to 4.5 times that of drivers in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. There are a number of factors that contribute to this increased risk, some of which are completely preventable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that teens lack the driving experience needed to handle certain situations that arise. This, combined with the fact that teens are more likely to engage in risk-taking behavior, such as speeding, distracted driving, and drinking while under the influence of alcohol, puts them at an increased risk for serious car accidents.
Increased Risk During the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”
While teen drivers are at an increased risk for car accidents all year, they are at a particular risk during the summer months, also known as the “100 deadliest days of summer.” School is out for the summer, so there are significantly more teen drivers on the road. According to AAA, the average number of fatalities resulting from car accidents involving teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 increases by 15 percent during the summer months. In addition, a AAA study done in collaboration with the University of Iowa found that 60 percent of today’s teen-related car wrecks are caused by distracted driving.
How to Avoid Teen Accidents
AAA urges parents of teen drivers to talk to their children about the dangers of unsafe driving behaviors. They also encourage parents to create a driving agreement that establishes strict driving rules that the teen must follow, including a penalty and reward system. The Graduated Driver Licensing system (GDL), which helps drivers gain experience by exposing them to low-risk scenarios, is an additional program proven to be effective. As new drivers successfully move through each stage, they are given new privileges.
To address some of the other common risks associated with teen driving, parents should also consider looking into programs that address the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving, and the devastating consequences that can occur as a result.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver, you are urged to contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We are on your side and we will pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve, ensuring that your legal rights are protected every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, do not hesitate to call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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