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CDC: risk of car accidents higher for young drivers

It is hardly a shock to learn that young drivers are thought by many to be a serious danger to other motorists on the road. This is likely because they are widely perceived  to be easily distracted and having no qualms with engaging in dangerous activities while driving such as talking on a cellphone or texting.

Unfortunately, this perception is true to a large extent. As a result, parents should be aware of some of the statistics surrounding teenage drivers. Once aware of the risks faced by their children while on the road, parents can then have a meaningful conversation with their children about responsibility and roadway safety.

The grim statistics tell the story

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Specifically, an average of six teens between the age of 16 and 19 are killed every day from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash. In 2013 alone, 2,163 teens were killed in collisions.

In addition, teen drivers disproportionately are represented in car accident injury statistics, despite only making up 14 percent of the U.S. population. In spite of their relatively small population size, teen males between ages 15 and 24 account for 30 percent of the total costs of car crash statistics. Similarly, teen females make up 28 percent of car accident injury costs.

Although state graduated licensing programs are credited with reducing injury and fatal crashes by 40 percent and 38 percent respectively, it is ultimately up to the parents to ensure that their young drivers are aware of the leading causes of teen crashes:

· Nighttime driving

· Driver inexperience

· Distracted driving (e.g. texting while driving)

· Driving with other teen passengers

· Reckless driving

· Driving while intoxicated

The CDC's website provides helpful tips on what parents can do to address each danger facing their teen driver.

If your child has been in an accident, speak to an attorney

Unfortunately, speaking with your teen and setting down ground rules can only go so far in preventing accidents. If your son or daughter has been involved in a car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman. Our personal injury attorneys can assist you with dealing with the insurance company, getting compensation for medical treatment and other aspects of the claims process, ensuring that you are treated fairly along the way.

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