Our Boca Raton injury lawyers know that teen drivers often lack the experience to safely operate their motor vehicles. Teens may be unaware of how to react to driving situations and may also take unnecessary risks and make dangerous choices when they are driving. The lack of experience coupled with the risks that young drivers take both help to explain why car accidents are a leading cause of death for young people in the United States.
Fortunately, studies have shown that parents who talk to their teens about safe driving and who take an authoritarian approach to driver safety can make a significant difference in reducing teen car accident risks. While parents should talk to their teens about many different driver safety issues, a recent study suggests that one of the most important things to discuss is speeding. Parents should focus on the dangers of fast driving since recent studies have indicated that a huge number of teen wrecks occur as a result of young drivers going too fast.
Speeding Plays a Role in Around One-Third of All Teen Car Accident Deaths
Recently, the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a comprehensive report entitled: “Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes Among Teen Drivers and Opportunities for Reducing the Risks.”
This report contained some alarming news about young drivers. It revealed that speeding was a contributing factor in about 33 percent of all deadly car wrecks involving teen drivers. This means about one-third of every teen car accident fatalities occurs because the young driver is simply going too fast to be safe.
The high percentage of fatal accidents caused by speeding is not the only concerning piece of information released in the GHSA’s report. The data also indicated that the percentage of teen car wrecks involving speeding has increased. In 2000, just 30 percent of fatal car accidents involving teens cited speed as a contributing factor to the crash. Now, this number is up to 33 percent of all fatal crashes.
Although a three percent increase initially does not seem like a substantial jump, it is important to note that the rate of speeding-related teen fatalities has increased at the same time as there has been a decline in the overall number of kids dying in car wrecks. This means that even as the number of teen car accident deaths has gone down, the number of speeding-related teen fatal wrecks has gone up.
Speeding is devastating for teen drivers because the excess speed combined with their inexperience significantly increases the chances of a crash happening. Unfortunately, if there are multiple teens in the car at the time of the accident or if the young driver is traveling at night, this can also exacerbate the situation and make the chances of a crash further increase. This is why the GHSA recommends graduated licensing as a solution to teen speeding problems.
Parents, too, have a role to play. Talk to your kids about the risks associated with teen driving and be sure to let them know that speeding is forbidden because of the high risks involved with driving too fast.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.