Distracted Driving Epidemic
Distracted driving has become an epidemic on roadways in California and across the nation. While distracted driving can impact just about any age group behind the wheel, teens are at an especially high risk for texting and engaging in other distracted driving behaviors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The NHTSA also reports that one in three teens who text say they have done so while driving. Additionally, research shows that dialing a phone number while driving increases a teen’s risk of crashing by six times, and texting while driving increases the risk by 23 times.
Cognitive, Manual and Visual Distractions
There are three types of distractions behind the wheel. You can be distracted cognitively, manually or visually. Some distractions, like texting, can fall into all three categories. Anything that involves taking your mind, hands or eyes off of the task of driving is a distraction. For teens, the addition of peer passengers can also serve as a major distraction. Parents of teen drivers are encouraged to open a dialog about distracted driving with their children. Talking about the risks associated with distracted driving is a good start. Additionally, parents can enter into contracts with their teen drivers to increase accountability associated with unsafe and dangerous driving behaviors. The NHTSA has plenty of resources for parents of teen drivers.
Teen Driving Statistics
- In 2015, there were 1,886 young drivers who died in U.S. car crashes.
- An estimated 195,000 teen drivers were injured in car crashes in 2015.
- Nine percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were 15 to 20 years old in 2015.
- In 2015, of the young drivers with known restraint use, 54 percent of those who died in crashes were buckled up at the time of the wreck.
Car Accidents Involving Teen Drivers in California
After any type of car accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a teen driver in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.