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Teen drivers and car accidents

There are millions upon millions of teenage drivers on the road. While everyone has to start somewhere, it's important to note that younger drivers often find it more difficult to remain safe.

Fortunately, there are many proven methods for helping teenagers become safer drivers. With this in mind, it's important for both the teens and their parents to devote themselves to on the road safety.

First things first, there is nothing more important than wearing a seat belt. Get this: Of the teenagers who were killed in passenger vehicle accidents in 2014, roughly 53 percent were not wearing a seat belt.

Secondly, parents should discuss the risks of drinking and driving. Not only is this against the law, but even one drink can increase the likelihood of an accident.

Top causes of teen motor vehicle accidents

Any driver, regardless of age, can be involved in a motor vehicle accident. However, teens are often at greater risk due to a lack of experience.

Here are the leading causes of accidents among teens:

  • Driving with other teens in the car
  • Driving at night
  • Driver inexperience
  • Distracted driving
  • Drinking and driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Drowsy driving

As you can imagine, there are many issues associated with each of these causes. For example, there is more than one form of distracted driving. While most people are familiar with the risks of texting and driving, other behavior, such as conversing with passengers, can be every bit as dangerous.

Here's the good thing: Parents can teach their teen what it means to drive in a safe manner at all times. Along with this, there are driving classes that can provide a high level of assistance as well.

Even though teens often cause car accidents, there are times when your child is simply involved in a crash.

If this happens, make sure that he or she receives the proper medical treatment. From there, learn more about the cause of the accident. You may come to find that the other driver, such as a trucker, was responsible for the crash.

With so much to figure out, it never hurts to consult with a personal injury attorney. Doing so will make it much easier to understand your child's legal rights and the steps you can take to assist him or her.

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