Teens at increased risk of South Florida car accidents

For parents, a driver-safety course can be a good investment when it comes to helping your teenager avoid a serious or fatal South Florida car accident.

David Thompson, founder of New Driver Car Control Clinic, told the Florida Today that graduates of an advanced driver safety course had 77 percent fewer crashes than teens who had only a traditional driver-education program.

In 2008, a total of 5,864 teens, ages 15 to 20, were killed in traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Florida, a total of 516 teenagers were killed in traffic accidents — accounting for nearly 10 percent of teen driving deaths nationwide.

Statistics provided by the NHTSA paint an alarming picture:
-Traffic accidents are the leading cuase of death for teenagers in America.
-Teenagers are involved in three times as many crashes as all other drivers.
-A teen is injured in a car accident every 55 seconds.
-A teen dies in a car crash every hour.
-75 to 80 percent of drivers ages 16 and 17 are killed in accidents attributed to driver error, not speed, drugs or alcohol.

As prom season and summer approach, talking to your teen about safe-driving habits can make a big difference in avoiding a serious or fatal South Florida traffic accident.

A good place to start is by reviewing online resources with your teen. A number of teen-driving safety resources are available by clicking here.