St. Louis Injury Lawyers Encourage Parents and Teens to Talk About Safe Driving

St. Louis Injury Lawyers Encourage Parents and Teens to Talk About Safe Driving

We’ve got to keep our eyes on our teen drivers. When they’re behind the wheel, they face some serious risks for accidents — risks higher than any other age group of drivers. As a matter of fact, car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for teens across the country.

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Our St. Louis accident attorneys are here to help minimize those risks. The National Safety Council (NSC) has teamed up with The Allstate Foundation to launch “Drive it Home.” This is a program that’s going to help parents and guardians to get their newly-licensed drivers on the road to a safe career behind the wheel.

The “Drive it Home” program was designed by parents for the use of parents.

“We know from our research that parents are the number one source of information for teen drivers, yet 40 percent don’t know car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens,” said The Allstate Foundation’s Vicky Dinges.

We’re urging parents to drop visit the website and use it as a resource. It provides parents and guardians with some helpful and informative videos and other materials to help to get the message of safe driving habits through to our newly-licensed drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 2,000 teen drivers killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2010. In the state of Missouri, there were more than 50 teen drivers killed in traffic accidents. Altogether, there were 120 teens killed on our roadways throughout the year.

Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers:

-Make sure that you’re driving at least 30 minutes each week with the teen drivers in your family. Supervised driving is going to help to make sure they develop the safe driving habits that they’re going to need for the rest of their life. Develop those skills early.

-Make sure you’re helping them with constructive criticism. It’s important not to stress out a young driver. Talk calmly with them about the dangers of the roadway and offer the keys to a safer experience.

-Talk with them about the importance of scanning your surroundings, keeping an eye on your speed and being cautious in high-risk situations. Expose them to all of these driving scenarios and instruct them on how to properly deal with them.

-Make sure that you set strict driving rules within your household. Make sure you know where your teen is going, who they’re going with and when they’re coming back. Being in the know is one of the best ways to ensure their safety out there.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

You can help to keep the teen driver in your family safe. Talk with them frequently about the risks we face on our roadways. Make sure that they understand what’s expected of them. Consider enacting a parent-teen driving contract within your household so these rules, and the consequences for breaking them, are laid out in black and white.

More Blog Entries:

New Car in 2013? Don’t Forget to Check Safety Ratings, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, January 8, 2013

Missouri Car Accidents & Setting Safe Examples for Teen Drivers, St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer Blog, September 30, 2012

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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