Teen Drivers Back to School, Risks for Car Accidents in New York Increase

October 10, 2011
By Ronai & Ronai, LLP on October 10, 2011 7:43 AM |

As we recently reported on our New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, the new school year recently kicked off and school-aged children are gearing up to head to bus stops across the state. In addition to the bus riders, we would also like to draw attention to the number of teen drivers that will be hitting our roadways as well to make it to campus before the bell.
Teenage drivers are some of the most vulnerable drivers on our roadways. Car accidents in New York City and elsewhere continue to be the number one cause of death for teenagers. For this reason, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has been conducting numerous studies to get a glimpse into the driving habits of the young motorists to figure out exactly why they're at such high risks for accidents on our roadways. In the most recent study, AAA installed cameras into the vehicles of teen drivers in North Carolina to gather information regarding their driving habits in an attempt to create ways to help to better educate our young ones.

Our New York car accident attorneys understand that teen drivers need to be closely monitored by parents and guardians. Parents are some of the most influential people when it comes to educating young drivers. It's important for parents to get involved in their teen driver's learning process and to stay involved long after they've gotten their unrestricted license. Constant reinforcement of safe driving habits can help to reduce their risks of a potentially fatal traffic accident.

"The first six months after getting your license are the most important," said Vincent Payne of AGIC Insurance, Inc.

The recently AAA study determined that teen drivers are most at risk for an accident just 30 days after getting a full driver's license. Once a teen driver gains experience driving without supervision, their risks significantly decrease. Teen drivers are half as likely to get into an accident just a year after having unrestricted driving privileges.

Parents are urged to take hold of the following to implement with their newly-licensed teen driver:

-Practice. Practice. Practice! Teenagers can never get enough driving practice. Parents should ride along with their teen drivers as much as possible.

-Parents should limit the number of passengers that are allowed to ride with their teen at one time. The more passengers there are in a teen's vehicle, the higher the risks are for a serious accident.

-Teen drivers should be limited to their time spent behind the wheel at night. Consider setting a curfew. Teen drivers' risks for accidents increase significantly when the sun goes down.

-Create a parent-teen driving agreement to help lay down the rules of the road as a way to better enforce them in your household. Include consequences for breaking the rules in this contract.

If you or the teen driver in your life has been injured in a car accident, contact the injury lawyers at Ronai & Ronai, LLP for a free appointment to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-664-7111 to speak with an attorney today.

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