This week (Oct.16-22) is National Teen Driver Safety Week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets aside this week to raise awareness of auto and car accidents involving teens, and how we can all work to reduce those accidents.
Car crashes cause the deaths of thousands of teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19, every year. Many thousands more are injured, sometimes severely. According to the NHTSA, out of all motor vehicle crashes, about 94 percent are caused by human error. By showing our teens how these errors can be prevented, and by modeling good driving behavior ourselves, we can do our part to prevent young drivers from getting in crashes.
The NHTSA is encouraging adults to instill these 5 rules in the minds of their teenage children:
- Don’t mix alcohol and driving
- Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle
- Don’t use a cell phone while driving
- Always obey the speed limit
- Always wear a seat belt
Although these rules may seem like the most obvious ones, they also happen to be some of the most important ones. Instead of assuming less-experienced drivers know these rules, we should make sure they know and understand them. Following these rules could help teens avoid getting involved in accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, please call our experienced accident attorneys for a free case evaluation. We serve people from across the state, including Kingstree, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.