As a parent, you probably felt mixed emotions on the day your teen started driving. Although you might not have to chauffeur your child as much as before, there is always the ominous fear that your teenager will be involved in a serious collision.
The unfortunate truth is that even the most diligent teens are more likely than adult drivers to be involved in accidents simply because of their inexperience. Although there are several ways to encourage your child to drive safely, one of the most effective is to share some objective statistics that highlight the dangers of driving irresponsibly.
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Let’s examine five accident statistics that all teenagers should know:
- About 11,000 Teens Die in Traffic Accidents Each Year
This statistic was published by Teen Driver Source. Another 326,000 teens are seriously injured in accidents each year.
- Teens Have the Lowest Rate of Seatbelt Use among All Age Groups
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teens are less likely to buckle up than drivers in any other age group. Wearing a seatbelt will reduce your teen’s risk of being seriously injured or dying in a collision by about half.
- About Half of All Crashes Involving Teen Drivers Are Caused by Three Factors
These three errors contribute to nearly half of all accidents involving teen drivers:
- Driving while distracted;
- Traveling too fast for the conditions; or
- Failing to properly survey the road ahead.
- Carrying Two Peer Passengers Triples Your Teenager’s Risk of Being Involved in a Fatal Crash
This statistic comes from Teen Driver Source. Male teens are also twice as likely to drive aggressively and six times more likely to make an illegal maneuver when transporting a peer passenger.
- The Risk of Being Involved in a Fatal Collision Is Three Times Higher at Night
This statistic was published by Geico, and it applies to drivers of all ages. Your teen should not drive after sunset until you are confident in his or her experience on the road.
Unfortunately, even if your teen obeys all traffic laws and drives defensively, all it takes is one drunk, distracted, or negligent driver to cause a tragedy. If your child was injured in a collision that another motorist caused, turn to Laborde Earles Law Firm.
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