Newly licensed, teen drivers are most likely to be in car accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for United States teenagers. Of course, inexperienced and recklessness are a dangerous combination for teen drivers as they focus on testing the limits instead of properly driving the car.
Teen drivers are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations, drink and drive, and not wear seat belts. But when it comes to driving, teenagers are also the most vulnerable to distractions. Whether it’s a cell phone, a new song playing on the radio, or a passenger, teens lose focus. It is no surprise that over time, cell phones have become increasingly important fixtures in Americans’ lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, there were 5,870 fatalities and an estimated 515,000 people were injured. Additionally, at least one form of driver distraction was reported.
What Can We Do To Help Teen Drivers?
The highest incidence of distracted driving occurs in the ages under 20. There is a gap in understanding to what extent specific behaviors and lack of driving experience contributes to the risks of getting injured between adult and teen drivers. Although, it can only come down to hoping that teens gain adequate experience before they go on the road.
Here are tips to avoid distracted driving:
- Use cellular devices in emergencies only.
- Limit the amount of passengers.
- Do all multitasking outside of your vehicle.
Thus, if you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by a distracted teen, the personal injury lawyers at Goidel & Siegel, LLP, will be able to help you receive compensation.