Vehicle Collisions

Dangers of Teenage Drivers

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Personal Injury, Vehicle Collisions | 0 comments

According to statistics from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, teens are a very troublesome demographic when it comes to driving. In 2011, 2650 teens in the United States between the ages of 16-19 died in car accidents and 292,000 found themselves in the emergency room.

Males of this demographic crash two times more than their female counterparts. This explains why someone will have to pay significantly more money for their teenage son’s car insurance as opposed to that of their teenage daughter.

Teens use their seat belts less than any other demographic. In 2013, only 55% of high school students said they always wear their seat belt when in a car with someone else. It is a little odd that this is still the case considering this current generation of teens grew up hearing an annoying beeping sound whenever the driver or passenger did not put on their seat belt. However, teens typically travel in packs to relatively close locations on roads with low speed limits, so it is possible that they do not see as much of a need to wear a seat belt with each other as they would with their parents, going into the city.

However, the Mokaram Law Firm says on its website that accidents come with profound consequences. Because of this, it is important to make sure your child is aware that they are especially susceptible to accidents. In order to do this effectively, inform them about what tends to cause teenage driver accidents. The eight “danger zones” for teen drivers are driver inexperience, driving with teen passengers, nighttime driving, not using seat belts, distracted driving, drowsy driving, reckless driving, and impaired driving.

The website of the Law Offices of Jeff Benton has observed that for Americans cars have become necessities. With less stay at home parents and more pressure for teenagers to keep busy with extracurriculars, this necessity has trickled down to the younger generation.

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