St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers

St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers

Teens are some of our most vulnerable drivers on Missouri roads. Their inexperience behind the wheel makes them more likely to get into a fatal accident than any other group of driver. And that’s why safe driving advocated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have launched their “5 to Drive” campaign.


With the new campaign, parents and guardians are provided with a simple checklist for their talk with the teens in their family. Officials have taken the top causes of teen auto accidents and converted them into a helpful outline for parents.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that traffic accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for teenagers across the nation. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, teens in the state are required to complete a graduated driver license system (GDL). In this system, teen drivers must complete a number of stages with various driving restrictions to help ease them into the full responsibility of driving.

Parents and guardians are asked to review the five simple rules below to help ensure the safety of their teen drivers.

“5 to Drive”

-Never talk on a cell phone or text message in the driver’s seat. Roughly 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

-Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle. During the first 6 months, 16-year-old drivers may not operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger who is under 19 years old and who is not a member of your immediate family. Passengers serve as a serious distraction and significantly increase the risks for an accident.

-Never speed. Always obey the speed limit. Speeding was a factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal accidents that involved a teen driver in 2011.

-Never drink and drive. There were more than 500 people across the country who were killed in accidents involving teenage drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.

-Never ride in a vehicle without a seat belt properly fastened. Wearing a seat belt can increase your risks of surviving an accident. Missouri law requires all drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. If the driver holds an intermediate driver license, all passengers must wear seat belts.

Every year, approximately 250 people will lose their life in a Missouri traffic accident involving a teen driver, ranking it the 10th deadliest state in the United States.

Although teenagers make up about 7 percent of the state’s motoring public, they account for close to a 30 percent of a== traffic accidents involving injury and more than 20 percent of all fatal accidents, according to Operation Stop.

Kick off the conversation with your teen today. You should also consider enacting a parent-teen driving contract so that all parties involved understand what is expected of them and what the consequences are for breaking any of these expectations.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Results in Chief’s Suspension, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 4, 2013

St. Louis Ranks on the “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report”, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, September 18, 2013

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