Teenager Car Accidents

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently raising awareness about National Teen Driver Safety Week. This year, it runs from October 15-21. They will be promoting various safety campaigns aimed at teen drivers throughout the week. Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. During Teen Driver Safety Week, parents and educators are being encouraged to talk with teen drivers about the Five to Drive rules and other special safety concerns facing teens behind the wheel.

U.S. Teen Driver Crash Facts

  • In 2015, there were 1,972 teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes.
  • An estimated 99,000 teen passenger vehicle drivers were injured in crashes in 2015.
  • In 2015, almost one out of five teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in a fatal crash had been drinking.
  • Among teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2015, 10 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • In 2015, almost one-third (29 percent) of all teen passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash.

“Five to Drive” Teen Safety Behind The Wheel

After analyzing data on nationwide crash statistics regarding teen drivers, the NHTSA developed the “Five to Drive” campaign. These rules target the top five deadliest concerns and potential safety issues facing modern teen drivers. In addition to being the least experienced drivers on the roads, teens are facing an increasingly digital landscape and other factors associated with potentially dangerous situations behind the wheel.

“5 to Drive” Rules

  1. No texting or cell phone use
  2. No extra passengers
  3. No speeding
  4. No alcohol
  5. No driving or riding without a seatbelt

Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers in California

The NHTSA’s Five to Drive campaign challenges parents and caregivers to discuss the five most critical driving practices that can have the greatest impact on teen safety behind the wheel. If you or your child has been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver in California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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