When it comes to distracted driving, we drivers may be our own worst enemies. That’s because as drivers continue to voice support for anti-distracted driving legislation, many people continue to talk on their cellphone or send text messages while driving. According to JC Online, Indiana state laws prohibit drivers from texting while driving, but that’s not stopping everyone, especially teen drivers.
It’s no surprise that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident in Highland than any other age group of drivers. But did you know that teenagers face the highest risk for an accident during the first six months of unsupervised driving? This is exactly what a recently released study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tells us.
Our Indianapolis car accident attorneys understand the risks that newly-licensed drivers face on our roadways. In Indiana, all drivers are prohibited from text messaging behind the wheel, and drivers under the age of 19 are prohibited from using a cellphone while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. That’s not enough to keep our young drivers safe though. Young drivers require much practice, guidance and supervision to ensure that their driving skills are on the right path. Parents are urged to stay involved in their teen’s driving career long after they’ve received an unrestricted license.
According to the recent AAA study, teens are about 50 percent more likely to get into an accident during the first 30 days of unrestricted driving than they are during the first full year of this type of driving. They are also about twice as likely to get into an accident during the first 30 days as during two-full years of unrestricted driving.
For the study, AAA installed cameras into the vehicles of teen drivers in North Carolina and followed their every move on our roadways.
Three common mistakes made by these young drivers were:
-Failing to yield.
These three causes accounted for nearly 60 percent of all accidents in which these teens were determined to be at least partially at fault during their first 30 days of unrestricted driving. Researchers found that their risks for accidents significantly decreased as they gained more driving experience.
“We know that young drivers’ crash rates decrease quickly as they gain experience,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger.
The study also concluded that there were many close-call scenarios that were caused by simple driver mistakes, including running red lights, texting while driving, horseplay with other passengers, and other dangerous, distracting behaviors.
Parents are urged to keep an eye on their teen’s driving skills long after they’ve graduated to an unrestricted license. Parents are some of the most influential people to a teen’s driving habits. Teaching a teen safe road habits can lead to a lifetime of good decisions behind the wheel. Make sure to set ground rules, create a parent-teen driving contract and discuss consequences for breaking safe driving rules.
If you or your teen driver has been in a car accident, call Burton Padove for a free consultation to learn about how to ensure receipt for financial compensation for injuries you or others sustain. Call 219-836-2200. Nationwide callers can contact us toll-free at 877-446-5294.
More Blog Entries:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Ball State Office of Health Education Rally against Distracted Driving Car Accidents in Indiana, Indiana Injury And Family Lawyer Blog, October 7, 2011
New Proposal to Ban Hand-Held Devices Aims to Reduce Risks of Trucking Accidents in Highland and Elsewhere, Indiana Injury And Family Lawyer Blog, September 19, 2011