Car Accidents And Young Drivers
Car accidents and young drivers seem to go hand in hand. There are many accidents that involve young drivers each year. Car insurance companies hate to insure young drivers, and when they do insurance young drivers, the premiums can be high.
Many times this causes the drivers to get insurance which is barely worth calling an insurance policy. If these drivers are involved in an accident, they may not have adequate coverage.
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Teens are at higher risk for car accidents, but you may not have heard the statistics that back up this statement. Those that are informed are able to help teen drivers in their lives.
The reason car accidents and young drivers seem to go together nowadays is because of the amount of technology available. Teens are distracted, not only by other passengers, and the radio, but now there are cell phones for texting and making phone calls, and many more cases where teens are driving while drunk.
Many times teens get advice about driving while drunk from other teens, and believe they know their limit and “how to drive drunk safely.” There is no such thing as safe drunk driving, but it can be difficult to convince young drivers of this truth. Teenagers that insist on driving drunk will almost always end up in a car accident a short time after they begin to do this, but other times it could take months or even years for their negligent actions to catch up to them.
Road Hazards Affect Young Drivers
Many times young drivers do not think about the hazards of the road and can be caught off guard by one or more of these hazards. Many times young people are already driving too quickly, and when they come up on a road hazard they do not have enough time to stop.
Some of the common road hazards include animals, pedestrians, debris, and even other cars that could be blocking the roads. If they come up on one of these instances too quickly, they may run into the obstacle. This would cause damage to the person or object, as well as to their car and themselves. Always ensure you stress the importance of maintaining a safe speed.
Wet roads are often overlooked by young drivers since many of them believe they can drive just as quickly on wet roads as they can on dry roads, as long as their tires are not bald. This is a common rumor that has made it among the young drivers on our roads, but this is not true. It is easy to hydroplane when you are driving too quickly on a wet road.
Statics On Young Drivers And Auto Accidents
Teenagers only make up 10% of the total population, and still almost 12% of all deadly auto accidents involve teenagers. There are 5,000 total deaths of teens each year in theUnited States, and besides for the deaths, there are 40,000 15 to 20 years olds that are critically injured or disabled each year. 30% of all costs related to auto accidents involve teens. These costs come up to $26 billion each year. Teenagers are 8 times more likely to have a car accident than adult drivers.
If you want to make sure your teen stays safe and does not become a part of the statics, there are a few things you can do. One of those things is making certain they get plenty of supervised practice (not just the amount that is required), remind them about the risks driving involves and the risk of driving while drunk.
If you or your teenagers have been involved in an auto accident, you should consider speaking with a qualified attorney about getting an auto accident settlement. You will be able to find out more about your rights and what further steps to take.
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