The likelihood that a teenager or young adult is involved in a car accident is very high compared to their elders. Most of these accidents are preventable when drivers are following roadway laws and staying focused. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 240,000 car accident injuries for those aged 16-19 each year. Teens and young adults (age 15-24) represent 14% of the U.S. population but account for over 30% of the total costs for motor vehicle injuries. Teen drivers are three times more likely than those aged 20+ to be in a fatal crash.
Risk Factors for Teen Drivers:
Distractions include anything that can take your focus off of the driving. Talking or texting on a cell phone is one of the highest causes of car accidents for teens each year. Having a conversation may seem harmless but they can quickly become less focused and end up missing something in the road or make a mistake that can lead to a car accident.
Less experienced drivers may not fully understand the risks associated with speeding. Each speed limit is set by Louisiana structural engineers who have evaluated the speed for safe travel on each specific road in Louisiana. Inclement weather paired with speeding can lead to an increased chance of injury and car accidents.
Driving At Night
With less visibility at night-time, drivers and passengers need to be more aware of their surroundings. A car’s headlights can only provide so much light. Many people have trouble seeing at night time and that should be a good reason for all of us to be more conscience while driving at night. Drowsiness is also a risk factor because most teens and young adults haven’t had to drive while fatigued or sleep-deprived. Before getting in your car make sure you are 100% awake and focused before going on the road.
Seat Belt Use
A car accident can happen at any time of day; it is important to have a seat belt on whenever you are driving. Of the teens that were killed in car accident crashes, approximately 56% were not wearing a seat belt! Research shows that having a seat belt on can reduce the serious crash-related injuries or deaths by upwards of 50%.
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