The crash rates for teenagers is much higher than it is for adults, and
ranks as the leading cause of death among those between the ages of 12
and 19. There is a multitude of reasons why teens are more susceptible
to accidents on the road than any other age group and understanding these
reasons is the first step to addressing this major problem. Here are some
of the most common reasons behind crashes involving teenage drivers:
1.Distracted Driving: When many of us think of distracted driving, smartphones usually come
to mind and, while this is certainly a major distraction for teens who
often cannot wait to respond to a text or resist the lure of a cool new
app, this is not the only distraction to be concerned about. Peer passengers,
eating, drinking, and grooming while driving are all dangerous distractions.
It might seem like fun to drive with a group of friends to the movies,
but sometimes getting caught up in a conversation can take one’s
attention away from the road. Distractions are dangerous for any driver
of any age, but even more so for teens who are inexperienced.
2.Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents in the country across
all age groups and is another reason why teen drivers crash. The National
Young Driver Survey (NYDS) revealed that most high school students admitted
to driving at least 10 mph over the speed limit. In serious crashes caused
by teen driver error, 21% were caused by speeding. This is a dangerous
practice since it decreases the time one has to stop to avoid a collision.
3.Driving in the Evening: Teens are particularly at risk for crashing at night. Drivers generally
have less time to see or react to signs on the road, anticipate upcoming
curves, notice a car swerving into their lane, or see pedestrians crossing
the road. An experienced driver will know to exercise more caution under
less ideal conditions. Teenagers lack this experience and will not know
how to recognize or avoid hazards in a timely manner.
4.Seat Belt Usage: Many teen drivers die in crashes due to a lack of seat belt usage. In
fact, young adults between the age of 16 and 24 have the lowest seat belt
use compared to all other age groups. This is unfortunate given that the
use of a seat belt can reduce crash-related injuries and deaths by about
half. Seat belt usage among teens improved in states with primary enforcement
laws by about 12%.
Set an example for your children. Studies have revealed that at least 56%
of teenagers rely on their parents to learn how to drive, so if you are
practicing unsafe habits on the road, chances are your kids are taking
note and might implement these behaviors when they are behind the wheel
as well. Keep your teens safe and lead by example. It might save a life.
Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident, the Colorado Springs
car accident attorneys at Clawson & Clawson, LLP are here to secure maximum financial
compensation on your behalf. Our personal injury attorneys have more than
20 years of collective experience, which we will put to use to fight for
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