Baltimore Car Accident Attorneys: Tips to Keep Your Teenage Driver Safe

 

The teenage years are filled with excitement for teens and worry for parents. One of the major causes for parental concern involves teenage driving.

Statistics show that teens are far more at risk than drivers of other age groups. A recent fact sheet put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that for teens, the leading cause of death in the United States is motor vehicle crashes. In 2010, about 2,700 teens aged 16–19 died and 282,000 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes.

So what can you do to keep your teen from having a car accident? Sit down with your teenager and discuss the following safety tips and statistics:

  • Avoid alcohol and substance use: Try to get your teens to understand that even if they do not engage in the illegal activity of drinking and driving, they need to avoid getting into a car with a driver who has used alcohol or drugs. In a recent survey, 24 percent of teens reported that in the previous month they had ridden with a driver who used alcohol. In 2010, 22 percent of drivers aged 15 to 20 who had a fatal accident were drinking.
  • Wear a seatbelt: Teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use among all drivers. In a recent study, only slightly more than half of teens said they used seat belts. Yet seatbelts, combined with airbags, prevent a significant number of injuries and fatalities. There is no excuse for not wearing them.
  • Avoid speeding: A recent study reported that 39 percent of males between the age of 15 and 20 who had fatal crashes in 2010 were speeding. That’s more than one in three fatal crashes that could have been avoided by simply slowing down.

The vast majority of fatal crashes were preventable as this list shows. Be sure to arm your teen with this knowledge to avoid becoming yet another statistic. And if your teen gets injured, be sure to contact an experienced Baltimore car accident attorney at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A..