Teen driving experienced a sharp decline in the past decade, which was thought to be due, in part, to a rise in the popularity of social media and the difficulty that many teens faced when looking for work. Now, thanks to an improved economy and an increase in teen employment between 2012 and 2014, more and more teens are returning to the driver's seat, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). While the shift signals good news for the United States overall economy, it may spell bad news for U.S. highway safety, considering that, of all drivers, teen drivers have the highest crash rate per mile traveled.
Recommendations From the National Safety Council
In response to a dramatic rise in traffic accident-related fatalities in the United States, the National Safety Council recommends that:
- Parents stay engaged in their teen's driving habits. Research shows that teens are three times as likely to be involved in an accident than more experienced drivers.
- Drivers stay focused on the road and never use a cellphone, or text, while behind the wheel.
- Drivers and passengers wear their seat belts on every single trip.
- Drivers learn how to properly use their vehicle's safety features.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
Even teen drivers who practice good driving behaviors and make every effort to be safe motorists may be involved in accidents due, in part, to their inexperience on the road. If you were seriously injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver, you may require the know-how of an experienced personal injury attorney to get the compensation you need for medical bills, damage to your vehicle, or pain and suffering. Don't let yourself be left holding the bag for another person's youthful mistake. Contact the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with Steinberg Injury Law today for a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your California car accident case. Our skilled attorneys are ready to answer your questions and help you fight for any compensation you may deserve.
Additionally, if you're the concerned parent of a teen driver, we can offer you a free copy of our book, Distracted Teen Driving: A Guide and Contract for Parents. Contact our Los Angeles law office today!