On October 16, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is kicking off National Teen Driver Safety Week. Since car accidents are the leading case of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, the NHTSA is hoping to raise awareness about the unique risks and challenges facing this age group behind the wheel on U.S. roadways. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, parents and caregivers are also encouraged to talk to their teen drivers and soon-to-be teen drivers about the “5 to Drive” rules of the road.
The Facts on Teen Drivers
- In 2014, there were 2,679 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes across the nation.
- An estimated 123,000 teen passengers were injured in crashes in the U.S. in 2014.
- In 2014, 10 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes reported being distracted at the time of the crash.
- Nearly one-third (30 percent) of teen drivers involved in fatal wrecks in 2014 were speeding at the time of the crash.
Risk Factors For Teen Drivers
The NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” rules are based on the five risk factors that increase the likelihood of crashes for teen drivers in the U.S. These additional risks include drinking and driving, not buckling up, distracted driving, speeding and having additional peer passengers in the vehicle. From distracted driving, to the impact of having additional passengers, it’s important that parents talk to their children about how these risk factors can dramatically increase the chance for an injury causing or potentially fatal accident.
Five to Drive Rules
- No drinking.
- Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip.
- Never drive distracted, and put your cell phones in the back seat with the ringer off.
- No speeding, ever.
- No more than one passenger at any time.
Teen Car Accidents in California
For Teen Driver Safety Week, the NHTSA wants parents and caregivers to start a dialogue about safe driving with their teens. If you’re not sure where to start, the NHTSA and Safercar.gov have plenty of resources for parents and teens. If you or your child has been injured in a crash involving a teen driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.