National Teen Driver Safety Week Starts Today

Today through Saturday October 24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week, a national safety campaign focused on reducing teen driver accidents and saving lives.

Throughout this week, transportation officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be supporting the 5 to Drive campaign, which is urging parents to “discuss with their teens one traffic safety topic each day. Those topics, also the most risky behaviors among teens, include alcohol, texting, failure to wear seat belts, speeding, and riding with extra teen passengers.

5 Riskiest Teen Driver Behaviors, According to the NHTSA

For National Teen Driver Safety Week, here are some important stats and facts to share with teen drivers. Contact our St Louis Auto Accident Attorney for help financially recovering after a crash.

For National Teen Driver Safety Week, here are some important stats and facts to share with teen drivers. Contact our St Louis Auto Accident Attorney for help financially recovering after a crash.

Perhaps nothing elucidates just how dangerous these “risky behaviors” are among teen drivers than the following statistics:

  1. Teenage drunk driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all fatal car accidents caused by teen motorists each year in the U.S. In fact, of the more than 490 teen drivers killed in drunk driving accidents in 2013, more than 80 percent had BACs of 0.08 or higher (i.e., above the legal limit in every state in the U.S.).
  2. Distracted teen drivers cause about 11 percent of all fatal traffic accidents involving teen motorists. By far, the leading distraction for these drivers is texting while driving. Having other teens in the car, however, can also create dangerous distractions, leading us to our next point…
  3. Other teen passengers riding with teen drivers can increase the risk of aggressive or dangerous driving behaviors by about 2.5 to 3 times. This means that teen drivers carting around other teens tend to have a significantly increased risk of getting into collisions (as compared to teens who drive with adults or by themselves).
  4. Speeding contributes to approximately 42 percent of all deadly car accidents caused by teen drivers.
  5. Failing to buckle up is a factor in about 55 percent of all deadly car accidents caused by teen drivers.

Another important fact to consider sharing with teens is that motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for people their age (15 to 20). This can really drive home the importance of consistently practicing safe driving behaviors when they are behind the wheel. It only takes one mistake or poor decisions to result in deadly consequences on the road.

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If you have been hurt in a traffic accident, an experienced St Charles & St Louis auto accident attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is here for you, ready to provide you zealous legal advocacy, support and experienced help with your financial recovery.

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