Getting a driver’s license for the first time is undoubtedly an important milestone for teenagers, as this important step towards adulthood conveys a new sense of freedom and power to teens. Despite this excitement, however, it’s important for new teen drivers – as well as their parents – to be aware of the fact teens’ inexperience with driving can be particularly risky for everyone on the road.
If teen drivers are aware of the most common causes of car accidents by other teens and they take their newfound responsibilities as motorists seriously, however, they can do their best to minimize the chances that they will be involved in car accidents and potentially hurt others on the roads.
In this two-part blog, we will discuss some of the most common causes of teen driver car accidents.
Cause 1: Teen Driver Distraction
It’s common for any driver to get distracted while behind the wheel, and inexperienced teen drivers are especially susceptible to this danger. In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports:
- About 12 percent of teen driver car accidents involve teens being distracted immediately before the collision.
- The leading cause of driver distraction among teen motorists is the use of their cellphones while driving.
- About 11 teenagers sustain fatal car accident injuries every day in the U.S. as a result of other teen drivers using their cellphones while driving.
What can be just as alarming as these statistics is the fact that these accidents and deaths are entirely preventable if teen drivers simply commit to being focused on the task of driving and refrain from using their cellphone whenever they are driving.
Cause 2: Speeding
Another common (and entirely avoidable) cause of teen driver car accidents is reportedly speeding, according to the NHTSA. In fact, speeding reportedly contributed to about 35 percent of all fatal car accidents in which a teen driver was involved.
For our continued look at the most common causes of teen driver car accidents, look for the conclusion of this blog to be posted in early June.
Mount Vernon Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
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