We have all heard time and time again about the dangers of teenage driving.
Teen drivers have a higher likelihood of being involved in a fatal
car accident than nearly any other demographic, especially during their first year
of being a licensed driver. Whether they be due to teen drivers’
inability to properly identify and accommodate for road hazards, speeding,
tailgating, alcohol intoxication, or failing to wear a seatbelt, motor
vehicle accidents are the by far the leading cause of death among teenagers.
What many do not know, however, is that many of these collisions are the
result of teens multitasking while behind the wheel and are entirely preventable
a recent in-car study conducted by the AAA Foundation, teen drivers were revealed to be distracted
roughly 25% of the time while behind the wheel. While some of these observed
distractions were obvious culprits such as cell phones, others were much
more disruptive and unique, to say the least.
Common behind-the-wheel distractions among teenagers included:
- Changing clothes and shoes
- Putting on contact lenses
- Applying makeup
- Doing homework
- Downloading music
The study revealed that the use of electronic devices were among the biggest
distractions, with drivers remaining partially distracted for up to 27
seconds after putting down their phones. In another study conducted by
the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers discovered that new drivers
were up to eight times more likely to be involved in a collision or near-collision
when dialing a cell phone, looking at a roadside distraction or eating
or drinking while behind the wheel. Teens with the highest risk of being
involved in a collision were male drivers age 16 to 17 years old, as well
as drivers with teen passengers.
Tips to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe
If you are a parent of a young driver or a soon-to-be licensed teen, it
is vital you instill safe driving habits and implement strict rules to
minimize their risk of a collision. To keep your teen safe on the roads,
make sure both you and they do the following:
- Wear a seatbelt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle
- Keep your eyes on the road at all times
- Put away all cell phones while driving, without exception
- Set a good example for your children
- Do not let your teen drive with another teen until they have at least 1
year of driving experience
Unfortunately, nobody can ever foresee the acts of another driver. If you
or your teen has been injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver,
contact the skilled car accident attorneys at Mainetti, Mainetti &
O’Connor, P.C. today. Having recovered millions in
verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients throughout Kingston,
Poughkeepsie, Ellenville, and the surrounding areas, our team of advocates have what
it takes to guard your rights and maximize your eligible financial recovery.
Call (845) 340-HURT (4878) today to discuss your injuries with our Kingston
car accident lawyers.