Automobile accidents are the largest single cause for teenager fatalities.
The National Safety Council (NSC) encourages parents to communicate with their teenagers to reinforce the importance of exercising safe driving habits and building experience behind the wheel. Their recent report indicates that roughly 60% of teens found driving to be a stressor. With the new on-board electronic systems and the nearly universal usage of mobile devices, distractions are plentiful for drivers. Parents should actively support the importance of safe driving and set positive examples themselves.
Teenage Driving Statistics
Nearly 50% of teenagers will be involved in a motor vehicle collision prior to high school graduation. The National Youth Safety Organization points out some of the following data:
- Among passengers who die in accidents in cars driven by teens, approximately 66% were not using their safety belts.
- Distracted driving is the cause in 58% of teen vehicle crashes.
- Roughly 5% of teens in crash deaths are pedestrians and 10% are on bicycles.
The New Driver Deal
A new campaign is focused on the high-risk segment of teen drivers, particularly during prom and graduation time. The New Driver Deal outlines rules that can further support state laws and increase safety. There are some questions for parents to consider, including:
- When are the times the car can (and cannot) be used?
- What are the rules pertaining to:
- Distracted driving?
- When can the restrictions be eliminated?
The New Driver Deal puts the rules in writing, so there’s no excuse for teenagers. Exceptions may be made for conforming to the rules and responsibility can be increased over time.
Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers
Remember to maintain a simplistic and focused approach to the primary issue—safe teen driving. Approximately 95% of parents who drive while distracted do it in the presence of their teens. Teens should not feel pressured to answer calls from their parents while driving. A new monitoring technology exists that can be explored (called DriveitHOME) to assist parents in the enforcement of rules.
Law Firm for Accident Injury Victims in Edmond
Drivers who make the decision to put the safety of other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists at risk by driving while distracted may be liable for the harm they inflict. The legal team at Car Accident Help assists Oklahoma victims of injury in pursuing the financial compensation they deserve through civil legal actions. For a complimentary consultation, contact the office today at (405)-285-HELP  to review the details of your case.