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Talking to Your Teen About Driving Safety

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San Jose car accident attorney, teen car accidents, driving safety tips, reckless driving, distracted drivingFor parents, the day their teenager gets his or her driver’s license is the day they can retire from being a chauffeur—no more carpooling kids to school or waiting outside movie theaters when your child is late for the pre-arranged pick up time. Unfortunately, it can also mean the end of a good night’s sleep, as you wait for your teen to return home safely in your vehicle.

Teens are the most at risk group for car accidents, which can end up resulting in serious and potentially life threatening injuries. The following offers information to make you aware of the dangers, along with tips on communicating to your teen the importance of driver safety.

Teen Car Accidents and Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. More than 2,000 teens are killed each year as a result of car crashes and collisions, while more than 200,000 others end up suffering serious injuries. More than any other driver, teens are in the most at-risk age group: while they represent less than 7 percent of all motorists, they account for nearly twice as much in car accident costs.

Factors that put teens at a greater risk for accidents include:

  • Driver inexperience: As a result of limited experience on the road or in handling different traffic and weather conditions, teens are less likely to respond appropriately to sudden changes and emergency situations.

  • Reckless driving: Teens are more likely to engage in speeding, going too fast for conditions, and even racing other drivers. As a result, collisions they are involved in tend to be more severe.

  • Driver distraction: Teens are more likely to be distracted by items both in and out of the vehicle. Interacting with passing motorists, talking on cellphones and texting, and taking pictures behind the wheel all diverts their attention from the important task of driving.

  • Driving under the influence: Teens are less able to handle the impact of alcohol and they are more likely to get behind the wheel after drinking or when using other substances.

How Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Car Accidents

While you cannot control what your teen driver does once he or she is behind the wheel, you can recognize the influence you have over him or her as a parent. In addition to setting healthy limits on your teen's driving time and the number of passengers he or she is permitted to have in the vehicle, Travelers Insurance recommends doing the following:

  1. Model safe driving, following all posted signs and staying within speed limits;
  2. Always use a seat belt, and require passengers to do the same;
  3. Talk to your child about teen car accident risks; and
  4. Stay involved, continuing to offer tips and to monitor their behavior and their driving skills.

Let Us Help You Today

In the event you or your teenager are involved in a crash, Jachimowicz Law Group is here to help. Contact our passionate San Jose car accident attorney online to request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can assist you.



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