Teen Driver Accidents: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)
February 27, 2015
Picking up from Teen Driver Accidents: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1), here, more important information about these types of traffic accidents will be presented.
Teen Driver Accidents: More Important Facts
Fact 3 – Distracted driving is a common cause of teen driver accidents.
Using cellphones and texting while driving has been a major focus of distracted driving prevention campaigns in recent years. While distracted driving is a problem for drivers of any age, it has become a particularly notable issue among teen drivers, as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulators have found that:
- The single biggest distraction for teen drivers is their cellphones.
- More than 10 teens die every day in the U.S. in accidents caused by texting drivers.
- Texting while driving increases the risk of getting into a traffic accident by about 23 times.
Although many states have enacted bans on cellphone use and/or texting specifically for teen drivers, the reality is that:
- Many teens continue to ignore these laws.
- Texting while driving for teens (or anyone, really) can be as dangerous and deadly as drinking and driving.
- Teen drivers need to put down their cellphones and commit to focusing on driving safely in order to prevent distracted driving-related collisions and save lives.
Fact 4 – So too are alcohol use and speeding.
Tragically, along with distracted driving, speeding and alcohol use are among the top five causes of teen driver accidents. In fact, as the NHTSA reports regarding speeding and teen driver accidents:
- More than 35 percent of all fatal teen driver accidents that take place each year involve speeding.
- In teen driver accidents that had multiple teens in a single vehicle, speeding was factor in about half of these collisions.
- Teen drivers tend to speed more (both driving at greater speeds and driving above the speed limit more often) as they get more comfortable behind the wheel.
For alcohol and teen driver accidents, the NHTSA has noted that:
- Nearly 30 percent of the teens killed in these accidents were drunk teen drivers.
- When alcohol-related traffic accidents occur, teens are more likely than any other involved party to be killed in these collisions.
The takeaway here is that, if teens comply with basic traffic laws and remain sober behind the wheel, they can prevent teen driver accidents.
For some more important facts about teen driver accidents, don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series.
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