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Getting their driver’s license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Lakewood. However, teenagers do not have the same experience behind the wheel as older drivers do, and they may unintentionally cause a car crash. The following are some facts about teen driver safety as well as some tips for parents of new teen drivers.

The statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018 nearly 2,500 teenagers lost their lives and a further 285,000 suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Teens ages 16 through 19 are at a greater risk than any other age group of being involved in motor vehicle accident. In fact, teens ages 16 through 19 are almost three times more apt to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than motorists age 20 or older.

Parents should discuss driver safety with their teens

It is important that parents address the leading causes of teen motor vehicle accidents with their teen drivers. Some primary causes of teen accidents include:

  • Inexperience compared to older drivers that could lead a teen to not recognize a dangerous situation or make critical decision errors;
  • Driving at night when visibility is limited;
  • Failure to wear seat belts whether the teen is a driver or a passenger;
  • Distracted driving, which could involve using a cell phone while driving, eating while driving or chatting with passengers while driving;
  • Speeding and tailgating; and
  • Drunk driving, even if their blood-alcohol concentration is under 0.08%.

Parents who have such conversations with their teens can help their teens make informed decisions while behind the wheel.

Learn more about motor vehicle accidents in Lakewood

Teen drivers may be more apt to be involved in car crashes compared to older drivers, but parents can help their teens make wise decisions while driving. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those in Lakewood who want to learn more about motor vehicle accidents are encouraged to explore our firm’s website for further information.