Automobile Accident Statistics Clearwater Parents Need to Know

February 25, 2014

Car Accidents

teen driverAutomobile accident statistics continue to show that young drivers face a higher risk of being involved in a serious car accident compared to most drivers.

Below we look at some things that parents should know about teen driving safety so that they can ensure that their young drivers understand the risks involved with being on the road.

Understanding the Risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that drivers between the ages of 15 to 24 represent only 14% of the nation’s population. At the same time, they are responsible for 30% of the costs of all injured male drivers and 28% of the costs of all injured female drivers.

The young drivers who are most at risk for being involved in a car accident include:

  • Newly licensed drivers
  • Young drivers with teen passengers
  • Males aged 16 to 19

What Kinds of Behaviors Put Young Drivers at Risk

The safety risks that young drivers face have less to do with their age than they do with certain types of risky behavior.

For example, teen drivers are reportedly less likely to wear their seatbelt when they are behind the wheel than drivers in other age groups.

Other factors that put teen drivers at risk include:

  • Drunk driving
  • Underestimating dangerous situations
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Driving recklessly at night
  • Distracted driving

If you are the parent of a young driver, talking with them about these risks can play a huge role in helping them stay safe on the road. Adhering to the rules of Florida’s graduated licensing program can also help drive home the important lesson that driving is a privilege, not a right.

Have you or a family member been injured in a Clearwater car accident? Call the car accident attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 727-217-5970.

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