National Teen Driver Safety Week 2017

distracted teen driver accident lawyerEvery year thousands of teens are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. To raise awareness of teen driver safety, Congress has designated National Teen Driver Safety Week during the month of October each year. This year National Teen Driver Safety Week will take place during the week of October 15, 2017 through October 21, 2017.

Teen Driver Facts

  • Teen drivers ages 16-19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • 59% of teens involved in crashes are distracted (National Organization for Youth Safety)
  • Older teen drivers (ages 18-20) are two times as likely than young teen drivers (ages 15-17) to be involved in a fatal crash between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (Governors Highway Safety Association)
  • Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people other than the teen driver. (American Automobile Association, AAA)

Top Causes of Teen Driver Crashes

There are many reasons which cause accidents involving teen drivers. Things such as driver inexperience, distracted driving, speeding or reckless driving, impaired driving and driving with teen passengers are all things which contribute to teen driver crashes. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, NHTSA is campaigning to encourage teens to practice safe driving and to follow all traffic safety laws. NHTSA is also campaigning to help inform parents and friends of the various ways that they can help their teen to be a safer driver.

Whether your teen is a new driver or if they have been driving for a few years, it is important for parents to review driving safety tips with teens. Teen driver safety tips include:

  • No Speeding – Speeding reduces the time that you have to react which in turn, increases your chances of a collision. Reduce your speed and follow the speed limits to prevent crashes.
  • No Drinking & Driving – Underage drinking is illegal, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated is also against the law. Impaired driving affects reaction time, judgement and awareness. Avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
  • No Cell Phone Use – The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reported that while texting your eyes are off the road for 5 seconds, and at 55m.p.h you would travel the length of a football field. Protect lives, never talk or text while driving.
  • No Seat Belt – No Driving – Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use. 52% of teens who died in car crashes in 2013 were not wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives. Click it or don’t drive.
  • No Teen Passengers – Additional teen passengers increase distraction and raises the risk for teen crashes. Be safe and don’t get distracted. Avoid carpools with other teen passengers.

Teen Driver Accident Attorney

While no one ever expects a car accident to happen to them, accidents do occur. Teaching your teen safe driving habits is important for the safety of your teen, passengers and other drivers. If you or someone you know has been injured in a crash due to the negligence of a teen driver, seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with personal injury cases. We can help you make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation today.