Colorado Springs Teen Driver Car Accident Lawyers
Inexperienced teen drivers can cause horrific and deadly accidents. In fact, according to the CDC, drivers aged 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal car accident than drivers over the age of 20. Even within that age bracket it seems that age and experience really does make a difference. Drivers aged 16 and 17 were twice as likely to get into a fatal accident as 18 and 19 year olds. This makes teen car accidents the leading cause of death for this age group – and 6 teenagers every day die in car accidents.
Why are Teenage Drivers at Risk
A number of studies have evaluated why teenagers seem to be more at risk for being involved in a fatal car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers seem to be more distracted by their phones while driving – causing 9% of the distracted driving crashes.
The number of passengers in the car is another reason why teenage drivers are at risk for fatal accidents. A AAA study found that teens driving with other teens in the car are 4x more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those who were driving alone or with an adult. The study suggested that young and inexperienced drivers should be discouraged from carrying other teenage passengers. They also suggested that adults should ride in a car with their teenage driver whenever possible. In fact, the presence of an adult over the age of 35 reduced the risk of a fatal accident by 60%.
What Can Parents Do to Protect Teenage Drivers
If you have a young teenage driver in your household, there are ways you can help keep them safe as they learn how to drive. The CDC has suggested the following tips:
- Practice Makes Perfect – practice driving with your teens. This is the best way to help them learn to react appropriately in all situations. Young drivers have the highest risk of crashing during their first year behind the wheel. Drive with them in a variety of weather conditions and on a variety of roads. Drive with them at night and during the day and stress the importance of using signals and checking for other motorists.
- Limit Passengers – don’t allow your teenage drivers to transport their friends around and limit who is allowed in the car with them. Don’t allow them to transport young passengers, such as infants or younger siblings until they’ve had enough experience behind the wheel.
- Implement a Curfew – driving at night is dangerous – especially for teenage drivers. Set strict guidelines about when your teenage driver is allowed to drive at night and when they are scheduled to be home. Trust your gut. If you feel like your teen is not ready for night driving, don’t allow them to drive at night.