The National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting Teen Driver Safety Week June 12th–18th as part of National Safety Month to raise awareness and provide tips for staying safe on the roads.
Fatalities involving car accidents are the #1 killer of teenagers. Car crashes account for more teenage deaths in the U.S. than the next three causes combined – homicide, suicide and unintentional drug overdose.
According to the NSC, approximately ten teenagers died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2009, with about two out of three of those being male drivers.
The leading causes of teenage car crashes include:
- Inexperience and immaturity
- High-risk behaviors (ex. speeding and tailgating)
- DUI – Driving Under the Influence (of drugs or alcohol)
- Cell phone use – talking or texting
- Distraction from other teen passengers
The following safety tips may help teens and parents reduce the number of car crashes involving teenagers:
- Learner’s Permit allows driving only in the company of a fully licensed driver.
- An intermediate (provisional) license permits unsupervised driving under certain restrictions
- Full licensed obtained
- Wear a seat belt
- Absolutely no cell phone use. If the phone must be used, find a safe place to park and then talk or text
- Keep eyes on the road. A moment’s distraction is all it takes to result in a car crash.
- No alcohol or drugs
- Set and agree to parameters of a Parent/Teen Driving Agreement to reduce teen’s driving risk
A teenager’s risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident is greater during the first 12-24 months of driving than at any other time of his/her life. Florida’s teenage mortality rate in vehicle crashes is greater than the national average, so take time to educate your teenager and assist in guiding towards developing safe driving habits.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, car accident lawyers may be able to help. Please call 1-888-BURNETTI for a free case evaluation.