It’s the summer season and risks for car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere are super high!
Kids are out of school and summer vacations are in full swing. With this time of the year, we’re walking into the 100 Deadliest Days of the year, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Teen car accidents are expected to see a dramatic increase during the next few months.
In 2009, there were approximately 3,000 motorists between the ages of 15- and 19-years-old who were killed in traffic accidents across the country. There were nearly 400,000 teens who were injured in these same scenarios. Young motorists are warned that nine out of the 10 deadliest days for teens on our roadways happen between the months of May and August.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers are calling on the help of parents and guardians to help to reduce the risks of car accidents for our young drivers. By sitting down and talking with the young driver in your life, we can help to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving habits on our roadways during this dangerous time of year.
AT&T is even joining the fight against these accidents. The cell phone service provider has joined with organizations around the country to help to spread the word about the risks associated with distracted driving and other dangerous habits behind the wheel. More than 95 percent of teens acknowledge that texting while driving is dangerous. Even with this knowledge, nearly 45 percent of these young drivers admit to sending text messages while driving. What’s worse is that another 75 percent say they commonly observe their peers engaging in this dangerous behavior behind the wheel.
MADD is here to help to reduce the risks for car accidents among our teens by offering parents with the tips listed below. Parents are urged to review the following tips and make the move to have the talk with the young drivers in their family.
Safe Driving Tips for Teens:
-Make sure there’s no drinking and driving. EVER! These young drivers may not be old enough to legally consume alcohol, but you’d be surprised as to how many are doing it anyway.
-Be sure to wear a seat belt during every car ride! Low seat belt use is one of the primary reasons that teen motorist fatality and injury rates remain high.
-Be sure to keep distractions out of the driver’s seat. This includes cell phones, text messaging devices and other electronics.
-Parents should limit these young drivers’ nighttime driving.
-Obey all speed limits and other posted road laws at all times.
-Make sure teen’s keep an eye on their vehicle. Keeping a car in good-working condition can help to reduce the risks of accidents. Keep an eye on the tire’s air pressure, the fluids and the battery.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in Asheville or elsewhere in the Carolinas, contact the injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices to set up a free and confidential appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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