The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. No amount of training and supervision can prevent all New Jersey car accidents involving teenage drivers, but there are a number of steps that parents can take to lessen the chances of their children suffering an injury in a car crash.
According to NHTSA, research shows that specific types of behavior often contribute to these tragedies. The inexperience and immaturity of teen drivers can be aggravated by speeding, drunk driving, disuse of seat belts, distracted driving (cell phones, loud music, teenage passengers), drowsy or fatigued driving, driving at night, and drug use. Therefore, eliminating these risk factors will likely decrease the possibility of a serious injury accident.
Teen drivers should not be allowed to drive with more than one passenger because of the increased risk of distractions. Additionally, all young motorists should learn early on to always wear a seatbelt and never use a cell phone while driving. Parents would also be well advised to monitor how late the teenager is allowed to drive and whether or not he or she has access to alcohol.
There are no guarantees that a teen driver will be accident-free, but safe driving habits can greatly decrease the likelihood of him or her getting into an accident. Often, teenagers learn from the examples set by their parents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, the experienced Princeton car accident lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Please call us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.