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How to Teach Your Teen to Drive Responsibly

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This past February, two Cookeville High School students were fatally injured in a tragic motor vehicle collision. The accident occurred when the teen driver lost control of the vehicle, which rolled and ultimately collided with a tree. It was a sobering reminder of the risks all teenage drivers face. 

Every year, thousands of American teenagers die in car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,433 teens were killed in car wrecks during a recent 12-month period. An additional 290,000 teenagers suffered injuries that required hospitalization over that span. 

Speaking with your children about safe driving habits can make all the difference in ensuring they remain safe while operating their vehicle. 

Reckless Driving Common Among Teenagers 

Because of their inexperience behind the wheel and the general mistakes of youth, teenage drivers cause many car accidents and injuries to themselves due to reckless actions. Listed below are some of the most common mistakes teenage drivers make throughout the United States:

Failure to Wear Seat Belt 

Despite the overwhelming evidence that seat belt use saves lives, many teens neglect to regularly wear them. According to the CDC, teen drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use among any age demographic. A study found that only 59 percent of all high school students reported regular seat belt usage. If you can convince your child to always wear their seat belt, you may save their life. 

Reckless Speeding 

Speeding plays a role in approximately 26 percent of all fatal motor vehicle collisions. Excessive speed contributed to 9,717 American deaths in 2017. Teenage drivers routinely make the decision to travel at speeds above the legal speed limit. Speeding can impact a driver’s reaction time and ability to control their vehicle. Discuss these dangers with your child, and let them know saving a little time or showing off are never worth the risks.

Drinking and Driving

According to the CDC, around 15 percent of all teenage drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions have a blood alcohol content (BAC) over the standard legal limit of .08. Despite zero-tolerance policies that prohibit teens from driving with any trace of alcohol in their system, thousands of American teens make the reckless decision to drink and drive. Conveying the dangers of DUI to your teen, along with the potential damage it could have on their future, is one of the most important conversations you can have as a parent. 

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our legal team fully understands how difficult a serious car accident can be for the entire family. This is especially true when it is a young son or daughter injured in the collision. When another driver’s negligence is responsible for an accident, we are here to fight for the injury compensation families deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, contact us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources:

https://usatodayhss.com/2019/cookeville-hs-layton-proffitt-leigh-anne-elridge-car-crash

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding

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