Keeping Florida Teen Drivers Safe through Summer
Gregg Hollander | July 25, 2013 | Personal Injury
Although teens may be halfway through the 100 Deadliest Days, we’ve still got a ways to go. We’re talking about the most dangerous time for our teens to be behind the wheel – from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This is when we see more fatal teen traffic accidents than any other time of the year.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), education is a critical component in the fight to end these crashes and keep teen drivers as safe as possible. If you haven’t done so already, please help us spread the word.
Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers understand that teens face serious risks for accidents because of their inexperience behind the wheel. As of now, there are roughly 2 million teenagers with a driver’s license who are currently enjoying their first year behind the wheel. Many of them may not understand the risks associated with this privilege. According to the NSC, these young drivers are involved in close to 1 million accidents each and every year. That means that there are roughly 2,500 collisions every day. It’s clear that this young age group of drivers is at a higher risk for a fatal accident than any other age group of drivers, and this is why car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens across the United States.
But it’s not just the teens who are suffering. There are thousands of others who are killed in these accidents – close to 4,000 annually, in fact. This means that enough people die in teen traffic collisions every year to full up about 50 school buses.
So how can you help?
-Keep your teens off the road after sunset. Car accidents are more likely to happen during the evening hours. Most of them happen before midnight. Make sure you enact a curfew on your teen driver.
-Limit the passengers allowed in your teen’s vehicle. Passengers are some of the worst distractions for teen drivers and significantly increase the risks for an accident. The more passengers that are present, the higher the accident risks.
-Keep your teen off their cell phone and text messaging device. These young drivers are more likely than any other driver to use a phone at the wheel. As a matter of fact, about 70 percent of teens admit to texting behind the wheel. This act increases their risks for an accident by close to 10 times.
-Make sure you’re riding along with your teen driver frequently. Keeping an eye on their developing driving skills will help you to make corrections where you see fit. The habits they learn now are likely to follow them for a lifetime. Make sure they’re the right ones.
-Stress the importance of seat belts. In the event of an accident, a seat belt is your best bet against serious injury or death.
If you or your teen driver has been involved in a car accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.