In 2014, there were 2,755 teenagers killed in car accidents and more than 270,000 injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Texas, 301 teens died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in 2014.
Researchers say that teen drivers do not think about risk the same way adults do, leading them to take bigger chances when they’re behind the wheel – leading one teen safety advocate to say “there’s no such thing” as a safe teen driver.
A study by insurance company State Farm and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that 75 percent of fatal accidents caused by teen drivers were because of three mistakes:
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions.
- Not paying attention to the road and what may have been coming ahead or from the side.
- Being distracted by something – or someone – inside or outside the vehicle.
It is startling to note that more than half of all fatal teen accidents are one-car crashes, and the main factor in one-car crashes is excessive speed. Driving too fast coupled with inexperienced teen drivers’ tendency to misjudge a curve or bump in the road results in thousands of fatal accidents every year.
In addition, research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost 25 percent of teen drivers do not use seat belts. The NHTSA said that in 2015, 56 percent of teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt.
According to the CDC, parents can do a lot to help prevent their teen drivers from becoming an accident statistic, including:
- Do not let your teen drive without a seat belt.
- Implement a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving.
- Follow all the rules of the Graduated Licensing Program for teen drivers, which will help your teen driver gain important experience behind the wheel under your supervision.
The attorneys of Roberts & Roberts have the skill, experience and resources to fully investigate any serious accident or death. If you have a question about an accident involving a serious injury or fatality, please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.