For a 16-year-old, there is nothing more exciting than taking a driver’s exam and finally being awarded the much-coveted driver’s license. As a parent, however, it is important to talk to your teen about driving safety, and to familiarize yourself with Revere teen driver accidents and general teen accident statistics before handing over the keys.
Teen Drivers and Accident Risk
Teen drivers and teen passengers are some of the most at risk for car accidents and injuries in Revere and elsewhere in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that in the year 2013 alone, there were 2,163 teens ages 16 through 19 who were killed in motor vehicle accidents, and another 243,243 who were treated in emergency room departments for injuries that were incurred during a motor vehicle crash. Further, while teens only represent about 14 percent of the population in America, they comprise about 30 percent of all costs of motor vehicle injuries amongst males in the U.S.
Teen Car Accidents – Who Is Most Likely to Be Involved?
16 to 19 year olds have a risk that is three times greater of being in a fatal crash than do drivers who are 20 years of age and older. That being said, some teenagers are more at risk of being involved in a crash than are others. A crash is more likely if the driver:
- Is driving with passengers – passengers can be distracting, taking the teen driver’s attention away from the road;
- Is male – male teen drivers are nearly twice as likely as their female counterparts to be in a wreck; and
- Is recently licensed – teen drivers with more experience are less likely to be in a crash.
Teens who are distracted, who drink while driving, who speed, or who text (one of the newest killers of teens today is texting while driving) are most at risk of being in a crash.
Talk to Your Teen About Safe Driving
As a parent, you have a duty to talk to your teen about safe driving. Set rules for your teenager, and remind them that driving with passengers isn’t safe, and that using a cellphone or other handheld device, using alcohol, or breaking traffic laws are not only illegal, but extremely dangerous too. It only takes a second for a fatal accident to happen – make sure your teen is ready for that responsibility.
What to Do after a Teen Car Accident
While teens are often to blame for car accidents, they are often the victims, too. If your teen has been involved in a crash, you need a skilled Revere car accident lawyer on your side. Based on your teen’s age alone, the insurance adjuster may automatically try to assign them fault – Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, will fight back to make sure negligence is appropriately assessed and your family recovers the compensation you deserve. With over 30 years’ experience, Deborah Gold-Alexander knows what she’s doing. Contact us today at 781-289-4235 to schedule a free consultation.