The NHTSA Zeros in on Dangerous Teen Driver Behaviors
- May 8, 2013
- Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has worked to compile and create an extensive collection of teen driver safety information. They offer driving safety tips for teens in the form of printable, customizable informative materials. If you are the parent of a teen, a teacher or concerned family member, there is much you can to do help teach new drivers the best way to stay focused on the road and prevent teen car accidents in Texas.
Learn the Causes of Teen-Related Car Accidents- Save a Life
Dallas, Texas has its fair share of teen accidents. Nationwide, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-20-years-old. By learning more about the primary causes of these accidents we can help prevent needless injuries and deaths. The majority of teen driving accidents are caused by:
- Inexperience and immaturity
- Drinking and driving
- Drug use and driving
- Distracted driving to include cell phone use, loud music and other teen passengers
- Drowsy driving
- Nighttime driving
In addition to these crash factors, many teens are injured or killed during an accident that they should have walked away from. The major contributing factor to serious injuries in many teen accidents is a lack of seatbelt use. Teens must get into the habit of wearing a seatbelt, no matter how short the trip or how uncool it may seem.
Four Steps to Lowering the Teen Accident Rate in Texas
The NHTSA suggests that all states focus on the following key strategies to educate new drivers and prevent accidents:
- Implement graduated licensing
- Emphasize seat belt use
- Further limit youth access to alcohol
- Get parents involved in teaching responsible behaviors
Imagine if all teens and parents got the message and worked together to drive as safely as possible. Imagine the number of lives responsible teen driving could save.
During our careers as Dallas car accident attorneys, we have seen the impact that teen driving can have on a family. This firsthand knowledge has strengthened our resolve to prevent accidents involving teenaged drivers. Take the time to talk to your teen, to download a free brochure from the NHTSA, to start a conversation that could save a life.