Most young people savor the day when they pass their Arkansas state driving test and get their first taste of the freedom that is being able to drive.
But at the Law Offices of Alan LeVar, located in and around Little Rock, we aren’t just accomplished Arkansas car accident attorneys. We’re also parents. So our auto accident lawyers think it’s important to alert parents and their teen drivers to the many road dangers present when young people get behind the wheel of a car.
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Teen Driving Hazards
In Arkansas and nationwide, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s what else car accident experts say about teenagers and car accidents:
- Although young adults (defined as age 15-24) make up only about 14 percent of the American population, they account for nearly 30 percent of all car accidents.
- The car accident danger among young adults is most pronounced and relevant to the 16- to 19-year-old age group. Drivers this age are nearly three times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who are age 20 and above.
- Among all teenagers, those who present the greatest car accident danger are male drivers; teen drivers who also have teen passengers in their car; and teen drivers who only recently secured their driver’s license.
Here are the most common causes of teenage driving accidents:
- Driver inexperience
- Driving with teen passengers
- Nighttime driving
- Not using seat belts
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Impaired driving
Three Strategies to Prevent Teen Driving Accidents
The good news is that there are proven strategies that parents and educators can employ and endorse in order to help keep teenagers safe on the roads.
- Teen Accident Prevention Tip No. 1: Insist on Seatbelts. Of the teenagers who die in car accidents, the majority of them are not wearing seatbelts. Studies show time and again that seatbelt use reduces car accident injuries and fatalities.
- Teen Accident Prevention Tip No. 2: Never Drink and Drive. It’s naive to think that teenagers will avoid alcohol simply because they aren’t legally allowed to drink. A teenager should always know that a safe ride is as close as a phone call.
- Teen Accident Prevention Tip No. 3: Take Drivers’ Education. Driving is a skill and like any other requires practice and training to master. Lack of driving experience paired at poor decision-making can be a recipe for disaster for a teen driver. Research indicates that teenagers who do take drivers education are about 40 percent less likely to be involved in a serious car accident.
If your teenager is involved in a serious car accident in Arkansas, please can contact the Law Offices of Alan LeVar online or by telephone to schedule a complimentary case consultation: (888) 220-7068.