Statistics prove that the younger you are, the more potential there is to be involved in a car accident due to the less experience you have behind the wheel. In the United States, car crashes are the number one cause of death among teenagers, killing nearly 7,000 victims each year. The major cause of teen involved accidents is a result of distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are statistics on texting and driving that as a concerned parent or teen you should be aware of:
- The under 20 age group has the greatest proportion of distracted drivers. 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
- An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86 percent had driven while distracted even though 84 percent know it’s dangerous.
- 34 percent of teens who drive while distracted simply say they are used to multi-tasking.
- 32 percent of teens who drive while distracted don’t think anything bad will happen to them.
- 22 percent of teens who drive while distracted say it makes driving less boring.
- 21 percent of teens who drive while distracted say they are used to being connected to people all the time.
- 35 percent of teens who drive while distracted don’t think they’ll get hurt.
- 23 is the average number of texts per month that a teen who texts and drives admit to sending.
- 55 percent of young adult drivers agree that it is easy to text and pay attention to driving at the same time.
- 36 percent of teens say they have been involved in a near-crash because of their own or someone else’s distracted driving.
Distracted driving is highly preventable. Our car accident lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. suggest to parents to talk to your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. In addition, we urge that teens take the necessary precautions to prevent further texting and driving accidents by turning off your cell phone, and placing it out of sight so you will not be tempted to answer a phone call or text. Another recommendation would be if you have another passenger in the car ask them if they would not mind answering the phone, or responding to the text for you.
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