This week’s “Bad Driver of the Week” post from our Arkansas car accident and personal injury lawyers is dedicated to not one but all teenagers. Teenagers are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Studies show that teens crash almost four times as often as older drivers. Studies also show that their risk of a fatal crash multiplies when they have other teenagers in the car.
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Males are most at risk of dangerous and risky driving. In 2011, about two out of every three teens who died where male. Among drivers in the U.S. teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use. According to MADD, about ¼ of fatal teen CAR ACCIDENTS involve underage drinking and driving. Teens are also more likely to be distracted by cell phone use. As you can see, there are many different factors that contribute to these fatal crashes and it is important to go over these risks with your teen(s).
“We know that carrying young passengers is a huge risk, but it’s also a preventable one. These findings should send a clear message to families that parents can make their teens safer immediately by refusing to allow them to get in the car with other young people, whether they’re behind the wheel or in the passenger seat,” said AAA Foundation President Peter Kissinger.
If this information is shared among parents then the results could really be beneficial. Strict guidelines must be set in order to prevent these deaths from CONTINUING to occur. Many states now limit the amount of non-family members in the car and have banned cell phone use.
Here is a link that shows 5 apps that prevent your teen from texting while driving: http://mashable.com/2012/12/08/apps-texting-while-driving/
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