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Smartphone Apps to Help Parents Protect Teen Drivers

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teen car accident injuries, car accidents, teen drivers, San Jose accident attorneys, protect teen driversHaving children means chauffeuring them around to various social and recreational activities. Parents look forward to the day when they are old enough to get their driver's license, providing each greater freedom and flexibility.

Before handing off the keys to your car or helping them to get a vehicle of their own, there are important safety issues of which you need to be aware. Teenagers are more likely to get into car accidents than any other age group, and the injuries sustained as the result can be severe.

Fortunately, there are a variety of smartphone applications on the market which can help you monitor your child’s driving skill and protect their safety.

Teen Car Accidents

As the parents, it is important to be aware of the very significant dangers teen drivers face when on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among those between the ages of 16 and 18.

These drivers are more than three times more likely to be involved in an accident than other age groups, and roughly three teens lose their lives as the result of car accidents and injuries each day.

Why are teen car accidents and fatalities so common? The CDC claims the following factors increase their risks:

  • Lack of experience: Teen drivers often lack the experience and driving skill to respond correctly to sudden changes in road, weather, and traffic conditions.
  • Driver distraction: Teen drivers are more likely to be distracted by cellphone, texting, or posting to online social media sites. Even having several passengers in their vehicle significantly increase teen car accident risks.
  • Tendency to speed: Being unaware of the dangers of wanting to show off to their friends, teens are more likely to drive over the speed limit than drivers in other age groups. As a result, impacts tend to be more severe.
  • Drinking, drug use, and driving: The CDC reports that in as many as 25 percent of all teen driving accidents, alcohol or drug use was a contributing factor.

The CDC and the San Jose Police Department both claim that graduated teen licensing programs, such as those in effect in California, help to decrease teen car accident risks. Parents can also take an active role, by monitoring their teen’s driving behavior.

Apps to Protect Teen Drivers

Family Circle recommends the following smartphone apps, which can help educate teen drivers while preventing them from engaging in dangerous behaviors:

  • Text Arrest, which disables texting and email functions;
  • Safe driver, which monitors their speed and driving location;
  • Steer Clear Mobile, which educates teens while offering tips and incentives for safe driving behaviors; and
  • Distracted Driving Dangers, which simulates real world scenarios and how car accidents often occur.

At Jachimowicz Law Group, your family’s safety is a top priority. When car accidents and injuries do occur, reach out to our passionate San Jose accident attorneys right away. We provide the professional legal representation you need, to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

Source:

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

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