On average, more than 70 teens die weekly from a car crash nationwide; more than 15 people die daily from a car crash involving someone between the ages of 15-20 years-old.
State Farm and the National Safety Council (NSC) have joined forces to create awareness and offer tools to moms, dads and young drivers during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 16-22. Reducing injuries in Asheville car accidents and deaths from car accidents nationwide means that all motorists, not just novice drivers, need to stay alert and use extra caution every time they get behind the wheel to drive.
Personal injury lawyers in Hickory and elsewhere agree that many deaths caused by car accidents are preventable and avoidable. But what will it take to get drivers to stop speeding, driving drunk, driving aggressively or getting distracted behind the wheel? Increasing awareness, changing attitudes and strengthening graduated driver’s license (GDL) laws and programs are all steps being taken to reduce deaths and injuries on American roadways.
According to NSC there are several factors that can put new drivers at risk when they start driving independently. Having a passenger ride in the vehicle increases a teen’s crash risk by 48 percent.
-When three or more passengers are riding in the vehicle, a teen is 307 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident.
-The most fatal time for teen car crashes is between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
-Recent studies are showing that experience gained during the first year of unsupervised driving helps reduce crash risks after the one year anniversary of obtaining an unrestricted license.
The Safe Roads 4 Teens Coalition supports National Teen Driver Safety Week by urging Congress to pass the STANDUP Act which would strengthen GDL programs nationwide. Several parents who have lost a child in a teen-related car crash wrote a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives highlighting the importance of passing the bill in hopes of preventing other parents from having to deal with the same loss of a child or loved one. Establishing federalized standards and strengthening GDL programs statewide could help reduce crashes by 30 percent and save young lives each year.
There are a couple of things that parents can do to help reinforce basic driving skills and good decision making made by a teen driver in your family. Encourage your teen to get plenty of practice while driving with supervision. The more experience a novice driver gains while being supervised the better off they will be down the road when they begin driving alone.
Parents can also enroll in Alive at 25 which is an interactive course taken online. The course can advise parents on how to talk to their teens about risks factors including speeding, driving under the influence or using a seat belt.
Parents as role models and young drivers who lack much needed experience need to recognize all the dangers and keep these dangerous driving behaviors off North Carolina roadways throughout October and beyond. Becoming a safe driver translates to saving lives no matter what age you are.
The Lee Law Offices, P.A. are experienced and dedicated to helping car accident victims and their families in North and South Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free and confidential appointment today.
More Blog Entries:
First-Year Driving Critical for Teens Involved in Statesville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 22, 2011.
Technology + Driving = Distracted Driving Accidents in Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 3, 2011.