Written by Greg on October 22, 2012
A horrific accident out of state last week that left four teens dead at the hands of an unlicensed driver prompts me to revisit the topic of teen driving yet again.
It should come as no surprise to learn that the Center for Disease Control is one of the many federal organizations that work collaboratively to decrease teen injuries and fatalities due to car and truck crashes. A review of the statistics should make it immediately evident.
*Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
*Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
* In 2010, about 2,700 teens in the United States aged 16–19 were killed and almost 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes.
* Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.
*Teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the roads. The greatest weapon against teen driving injuries and fatalities is the PARENTS.
KNOW WHERE YOUR TEEN IS AND WITH WHOM. Do NOT be afraid to monitor them – there are many devices on the market today that will help parents keep track of where their teens are at all times when they are in a vehicle. The easiest method is to track the cell phone of the teen though apps or the cell phone providers tracking for parents.
Remember, they’re not grown up yet – and if you want them to make it to adulthood be a proactive parent.
Greg Baumgartner is a Houston car accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm which is dedicated to helping injury victims seek civil justice. For a free, no obligation consultation with a personal injury attorney in Houston call Greg Baumgartner at 281-587-1111.