Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers, and every day in the U.S., about 7 teenagers between 16 and 19 years old are killed in these accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the CDC reports that, per mile driven, teenage drivers who are 19 years old and younger are more than three times as likely as drivers who are older than 19 to be involved in a deadly traffic accident. What is possibly as tragic as these teen car accident statistics is the fact that most of these deaths are preventable, particularly considering that many of these fatal accidents are caused by drunk drivers, distracted driving and/or inexperienced drivers.
Given these facts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently rolled out a new campaign – “5 to Drive” – that is aimed at saving the lives of teenage drivers. This campaign focuses on encouraging parents of teen drivers to talk to their children and discourage them from practicing 5 dangerous driving habits that can increase the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents. Specifically, the five issues at the center of this campaign are:
- Use of cellphones when driving: While many cellphone companies are behind the “It Can Wait” campaign that encourages drivers to not use their cellphones in any way when driving, the NHTSA is also urging parents to reinforce this message to their children.
- Other teen occupants: Having other teenagers as passengers in a vehicle can significantly increase the risk of car accidents (because these passengers are often distractions for the driver), and the risk of an accident increases as the number of teen passengers increases.
- Speeding: While parents should remind their teen drivers that speeding is always dangerous (and illegal), it’s especially risk driving behavior when there are poor weather conditions.
- Drunk driving: More than 1 in every 3 car accident deaths is caused by a drunk driver. The message that parents need to make clear is that teen drivers should never get behind the wheel after having consumed any alcohol.
- Use of seatbelts: Because teen drivers may be in car accidents even when they are driving as safely as possible, wearing seatbelts is crucial to saving lives and preventing potentially serious injuries.
Aurora County Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, car accident or in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
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