As a parent, you understand the risks your young driver faces every time they get behind the wheel of an automobile. In addition, you understand the fears of receiving that phone call letting you know your teen driver has been involved in a Pennsylvania car accident. Did you know that those risks are much higher during their first month of driving?
Leading killer for teens
According to an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. It is estimated that in 2009, approximately 2,805 teenagers lost their lives in accident involving motor vehicles.
The statistics are staggering
The same report, Teen Driver Safety Fact Sheet, reveals that in addition to those fatalities:
- More than 730,000 drivers between the ages of 15 to 18 were involved in motor vehicle accidents in the same year
- Approximately 280,000 people were injured
The first month of independent driving
The report suggests that young drivers are more at risk of being involved in a car accident during their first month of independent driving. They are 50 percent more likely to be involved in an accident during this time period.
Common mistakes young drivers are making
All parents should take an active role in preparing their young drivers for the dangers they face when they get behind the wheel. It’s helpful to know the three common mistakes that teen drivers are making during their first month of driving. These mistakes include:
- Inattentive and distracted driving. Do not allow them to use their cell phone while driving
- Failing to yield to other vehicles
- Failing to reduce speed
A Pennsylvania car accident can have a devastating impact on your family and leave your teenager with a serious and debilitating injury. That is why you should call an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney, especially if the accident was caused by another driver. They can help defend your teen’s rights and help get the settlement they deserve.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Cordisco & Saile Law Firm at 215-642-2335.