October 18-24, 2015 marked National Teen Driver Safety Week as declared by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The campaign, called “5 to Drive” encourages parents to discuss the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors in which teen drivers engage.
The five teen driving behaviors that cause the most injuries and fatalities include:
- Drinking and driving
- Texting/cell phone use when driving
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Including more passengers than fit safely in the vehicle
It is important to discuss safe driving with teens. As young and inexperienced drivers, they need to develop safe and responsible habits early on that they will carry with them into adulthood. The campaign encourages parents to discuss safety measures with teens throughout the learning to drive process.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has cited motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for individuals 15-20 years old nationwide. The statistics are alarming- in 2013, 2,614 teen drivers were involved in fatal accidents and another 130,000 were injured. According to a survey, only 25% of their parents had discussed driving safety with their teen drivers.
The physical effects of a car accident can be devastating and include debilitating life long injuries as well as death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. Call Arze & Mollica, LLP at (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.