Drivers on the road have varying amounts of experience behind the wheel. There are some drivers who have been driving for many decades. While, on the other hand, there are some new drivers who may only have a month of experience. In many cases, inexperienced drivers are young. Teenagers often have fewer hours behind the wheel than their adult counterparts. This can make them more susceptible to causing car accidents and engaging in other dangerous behavior.
Recently, on this blog, we highlighted the story of a Texas car accident involving a teenager. In that case, the teenager was apparently responsible for a fatal car accident. As that accident is being investigated, many may wonder how teenagers can work to keep themselves and others safe while driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has several tips for teenage drivers to help prevent deadly accidents. First, teenage drivers should be sure that they are wearing a seatbelt while behind the wheel. This can help minimize injuries should an accident occur. This is important, especially in light of the fact that in one year, 130,000 teenagers were injured in car accidents.
Second, teenagers need to avoid dangerous behaviors while driving. These behaviors include avoiding speeding, the use of alcohol or other drugs and the use of cell phones while driving. Teenagers must understand that texting and driving is extremely dangerous. Finally, teenagers should avoid other unnecessary distractions. This includes having extra passengers in the vehicle.
Motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem for teenagers. In fact, car accidents are the number one cause of death for children ages 14-years-old to 18-years-old in the United States. When a person is injured by a teenage driver, the person may have legal rights. While this blog post can only provide general information, an attorney can provide specific legal advice for those injured by drivers of all ages.