Getting your driver's license is a huge milestone in every American teenager's life. However, even though teens may pass the state required written and driving tests, it does not necessarily mean that they fully appreciate the very real risks of driving a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are a leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 20, causing almost 35% of fatalities. Teenagers experience or cause fatal car accidents three times as often as all other aged drivers. If you or your teenager is involved and injured in an accident as a result of an inexperienced teen driver, you should call an experienced Newnan car accident lawyer to discuss your case and help you get reimbursed for your injuries
The NHTSA has identified some primary reasons why teenagers are involved in such a disproportionate amount of car accidents:
- Teenage drivers are immature and inexperienced
- Teenagers are less likely to wear seat belts
- Teenagers are easily distracted by music, texting, or a carload of friends
- Teenagers often do not fully understand the risks of drinking and driving.
As an organization dedicated to the safety of all families and drivers on the roads, the NHTSA has set out recommendations to avoid car accidents with teenage drivers. They have highly recommended to Congress state mandated graduated driver licensing programs in every state. First, these programs require teens to complete with state-certified driving education classes. The programs also require new teenage drivers to obey strict provisions prohibiting them from driving at night, from having too many passengers in the car, or from using a cell phone to text, talk, or email while driving. If a teenage driver completes a probationary period and complies with all requirements, additional driving privileges will be bestowed on them. It is estimated that such graduated programs will reduce risk of car accidents from 20-50%. The NHTSA also encourages parents to educate their kids about seat belt safety from a very early age, and always limit a teenage driver's access to alcoholic beverages.
The sad truth is, teenagers will be involved in car accidents. If you or your teenage child have been injured in an accident, it is important to call a Newnan car accident lawyer as soon as possible. If you call (770) 487-8999, The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you with every aspect of your case and ensure that you receive the settlement you deserve. Do not hesitate to call today.