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Distracted Driving Leads to Fatal Accidents For Teen Drivers

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Distracted Driving Leads to Fatal Accidents For Teen DriversDriving can be a dangerous activity, especially for teens who have little driving experience. A recent AAA study found that teen drivers aged 16-17 are nine times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a car accident and three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

This study analyzed data from recent years and found that deadly accidents involving teen drivers are on the rise. In 2015, the number of teen drivers in fatal crashes increased by more than 10 percent from the previous year.

The summer months are an especially dangerous time for teen drivers, with the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day seeing a 15 percent increase in the number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers. Over the last five years, car crashes involving teen drivers resulted in more than 1,600 deaths during this time of the year. 

Causes of Deadly Teen Driver Accidents

Inexperience is a major factor in deadly teen driver accidents, but there are several other factors that result in fatal accidents, including:

  • Distracted Driving - Nearly 60 percent of crashes involving teens resulted from distracted driving, including talking to passengers in the car and interacting with smart phones.
  • Not Wearing Seat Belts - 60 percent of teen drivers who were killed in auto accidents were not wearing safety belts.
  • Speeding - Nearly 30 percent of deadly accidents involving teen drivers was caused by driving over the speed limit.

Educating Your Teen Driver about Safety

According to AAA, the most important thing parents can do to help their teen drivers avoid accidents is to educate them about how to stay safe on the road. Parents can help their teen drivers be safe by:

  • Talking about safety - Have regular conversations about the dangers of speeding and distractions while driving.
  • Setting a good example - Avoid risky driving behaviors like speeding and aggressive driving, and set a good example for driving safety by avoiding phone use in the car and always wearing a seat belt.
  • Creating family rules - Make an agreement with teens on rules they should always follow when driving.

Contact a Lombard Car Accident Lawyer

If you or your teen have been involved in a car accident, be sure that you understand your rights and that you have an attorney to represent you. The DuPage County car accident attorneys at Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help you handle any personal injury claims and receive the compensation you deserve. Please call us at 815-726-9200 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/aaa-teen-drivers-3-times-more-likely-to-be-involved-in-fatal-crashes/751055966

http://newsroom.aaa.com/2017/06/new-teen-drivers-three-times-likely-involved-deadly-crash/

 

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