The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Additionally, “mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.” While not every accident can be prevented by careful driving habits, there are a number of steps that teenagers should take to decrease their chances of being involved in a car accident. The NHTSA points out three key factors to reduce teen driver fatalities – increasing seatbelt use, implementing graduated driver licensing, and reducing/eliminating teens’ access to alcohol.
How safely teens drive depends on the example their parents set. There are a number of steps parents can take to make sure that their teens are safe while driving. Experts suggest installing a camera in the car to monitor their driving habits. There are also several other steps you can take as a parent, such as restricting all access to alcohol; always make sure they buckle up; ban all texting and talking on the cell phone while driving, even if there is a hands-free device; and set a curfew. For example, make sure your teen has their car in the driveway by 10 p.m. Also, you should require your teen not to have more than one passenger at a time. Statistics show that more accidents involving teens occur when there are more passengers in the same age range in the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that was the result of another motorist’s negligence, the New Jersey car crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein are here to help. We offer free consultations to all injured car accident victims and their families. Call us today at 609-240-0040 to examine your legal rights and options.