As the 100 deadliest days of summer for teens nears an end, it is no time for young drivers to short change themselves by getting lax behind the wheel. Teens are just as prone to being involved in a Greensboro car accident now as they were at the beginning of summer.
Young drivers may not be overly anxious to head back to school so soon but our car accident lawyers in Asheville, Statesville and Gastonia want to remind teens to remain calm and attentive while behind the wheel as the new school year begins.
WSOCTV reports that Mecklenburg County ranks first in the state for teen car accidents leading to serious injuries or even fatalities. In 2010, 105 teens were killed on North Carolina roadways. Mecklenburg County, along with Wake and Johnson Counties have all topped the list for fatal teen car accidents the last three years.
North Carolina Highway Patrol wants to offset the high number of teen car accidents in the state by raising enough funds to offer a defensive driving course called BRAKES initiated by Doug Herbert. We first introduced the BRAKES program on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog when we posted that NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was going to attempt to be a better role model for young drivers by getting involved in the program.
Following a speeding violation on a rural North Carolina roadway, Busch realizes that many teens make the same mistake of driving too fast and causing an accident with unsafe behaviors like speeding.
The BRAKES defensive driving course costs the state roughly $10,000. Registered teens can take the course to learn about defensive driving, anti-lock brakes, driver inattention, driving in dangerous weather conditions and much more.
NCHP is also taking several other measures to reduce teen car accidents as students head back to school and make roadways more congested during morning and afternoon hours. The Daily Reflector reports that the department will work with school officials to arrange presentations offered to students about driving safety in driver education classes. Key points of emphasis will be drowsy driving, driving under the influence, distracted driving and legal issues. School zones with a high number of commuters will be patrolled for speeders, cell phone users, seatbelt violators and reckless drivers.
Patrolling will also be heavy at student functions or school bus stops where more traffic congestion is expected. As school resumes, troopers will be at different locations handing out fliers to promote child restraints and seat belt laws.
NCHP offers these few simple tips for motorists:
-Never race to beat a school bus about to flash its lights or swing the motorized arm to alert traffic to stop.
-Stay off the phone while driving in school zones, neighborhoods or other areas that are more likely to have children near the roadway.
-Remember speed limits are reduced in school zones during more commutes and afternoon hours and should always be adhered to.
If you have been injured in a North Carolina car accident, contact the car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965.
Troopers Combat Spike in Teenage Crashes, WSOCTV.
Trooper urges teen drivers to be safe, The Daily Reflector 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Car Accidents in North Carolina, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 8, 2011.
Statewide Graduated Driver License Laws Could Reduce the Risk of Teen Car Accidents in North Carolina, Nationwide, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2011.
Fatal Teen Car Accident in North Carolina a Reminder to Limit Number of Teen Passengers Riding with an Inexperienced Driver, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 15, 2011.