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Preventing Teenage Car Accidents: 5 Tips to Follow

Preventing Teenage Car Accidents: 5 Tips to Follow

It is a well-known fact that teenage drivers are less experienced behind the wheel and have a higher tendency to make mistakes. But just how far-reaching is this issue? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, with 2,163 teens age 16-19 having lost their lives in traffic collisions in 2013 alone. While young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the nation’s population, they account for more than 28% of the total damages relating to motor vehicle injuries.

Statistics show that teenagers are nearly 300% more likely than older drivers to be involved in a fatal crash, with the highest risk of a collision being during a teen’s first year of driving. Fortunately, there are several things that both teens and parents can do to mitigate this risk.

  1. Slow down: Teens are far more likely than older drivers to drive at unsafe speeds, with speed being a factor in 52% of fatal crashes with a teen behind the wheel. Always obey the speed limit and follow the “3 second” rule between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  2. Do not drink and drive: 25% of all fatal teen car accidents involve an underage drinking driver, with just under 4,800 people being killed from teenage drinking each year. Never under any circumstances get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Likewise, if you are a parent, do not let your teen drink until they turn 21.
  3. Avoid nighttime driving: Approximately 58% of teen nighttime crashes occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight. Avoid night time trips during your first year of driving and focus on driving during the day to build experience and situational awareness.
  4. Put the cell phone away: A driver’s risk of a car accident is roughly 400% higher when using a cell phone behind the wheel. Shockingly, 1 out of every 3 teens say they text or email while driving. If your teen has just received their license, it is imperative you instill a strict no cell-phone rule while driving and eliminate all distractions.
  5. Wear a seatbelt: Only 65% of teens consistently wear a seatbelt as a driver or passenger. Wearing a seatbelt every time is by far the most effective way to reduce fatal teen accidents.

While these tips can greatly reduce your teen’s risk of a collision, nobody can ever anticipate the actions of another driver. If you or your teen have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, contact Sette & Parnoff, PC today. With more than 40 years of legal experience, we can provide the aggressive representation you need to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve. Call (203) 285-3075 or contact our firm online today to discuss your situation in detail.


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