Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Summer Safety for Teen DriversJune 15, 2015
AAA Study Focuses on Teen Car Accidents
In an effort to promote awareness and reduce the number of car accident injuries and fatalities during the summer months, AAA recently conducted a study focused on car accidents involving teen drivers. Researchers discovered that while teen drivers are a danger to themselves, they are an even greater threat to others.
The study analyzed crash data for drivers aged 15-19 from 1994-2013. They found that while the number of fatal crashes declined by more than 50% during that period, the majority of people killed (66%) and injured (67%) in those crashes were people other than the teen driver. In fact, nearly half (48%) of those injured and 29% of those killed in accidents involving a teen driver were occupants of another vehicle.
Baltimore car accident lawyers of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer season. We encourage parents to talk to their teens about the added dangers of driving during the summer months and to remind them about the importance of following these safety rules:
- Having two or more peer passengers more than triples a teen’s risk of being involved in a fatal crash. One study found that teens driving amid loud conversation or horseplay were more than six times more likely to take evasive actions to avoid a crash.
Refrain from distracted driving
- Young people are more likely to be talking on the phone or texting behind the wheel than older drivers, increasing their risk of crashing by more than three times. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with their teens and to model safe behavior.
Do not engage in speeding
- Speeding plays a major role in teen crashes. Research indicates that teens, especially males, are more like to engage in aggressive driving and speeding when passengers are in the car.
Avoid drowsy driving accidents
- Roughly a quarter of teen driving fatalities occur between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. Remind your teen not to drive if they have not had enough sleep and to monitor themselves for signs of drowsy driving, such as excessive yawning, drifting out of a lane, or not being able to remember the last few miles driven. Caffeine can help increase alertness for short periods, but there is no substitute for a good night’s sleep.
- Seat belt use is reportedly lowest among teens despite the fact that the majority of teens killed in car accidents were unbuckled. Parents should model safe driving practices and set clear expectations for their teens to do the same.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in Maryland Car Accidents
Maryland car accidents involving teen drivers can be especially devastating for victims and their families. To make matters worse, car accidents involving teens often involve their friends, and therefore the families of their friends. If you or someone you loved has suffered serious injury at the hands of a teen driver, contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We understand the delicate nature of these types of accidents and will handle your case with the compassion and high level of care you and your family deserve at this difficult time.
From our personal injury law firm in Baltimore, Maryland, we represent injured accident victims throughout Baltimore County and Baltimore City, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and highly skilled Baltimore personal injury lawyers call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today or contact us online.