Have You Set the Ground Rules With Your Cape Coral Teen Driver?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 1, 2012

Port Charlotte accident attorneyWhile most parents assume that their teens are safe drivers, the truth is that motor vehicle crashes are the top killer of teens in this country. In Florida, 260 people were killed in teen driving accidents,  of which 144 were teenagers.

As Cape Coral injury lawyers, we want to encourage parents to take an active role in ensuring that your teen is a safe driver. One of the best ways to do that is to establish and enforce a set of ground rules.

Below are several tips provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week:

  • Create and sign a parent-teen driving contract:  A parent-teen driving contract sets ground rules and creates and explains the consequences of breaking those rules. This ensures teen accountability, ownership of expectations, and an understanding that driving is a privilege that can be revoked.
  • Ban electronic devices while driving: Distracted driving is a leading cause of teen driver accidents. Teens should refrain from using electronic devices while driving and speak up when someone else is doing so. As we previously discussed on this blog, a recent NHTSA survey found that young people were less likely than other age groups to speak up when a driver made them feel unsafe.
  • Limit teen passengers and night driving: NHTSA recommends a maximum of one passenger in the car with your teen at all times (no passengers if required by your state GDL law) and nighttime driving restrictions starting no later than 10 p.m. A NHTSA analysis found teen drivers were two-and-a-half times more likely to engage in one or more potentially risky behaviors when driving with one teenage peer compared to when driving alone. In addition, most nighttime fatal crashes of young drivers occur between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • Encourage your teen to always buckle up: Wearing a seat belt is the most effective protection for drivers and passengers in the event of a crash. In 2010, three out of five 16- to 20-year-old occupants killed in passenger vehicles were not wearing seatbelts.
  • Talk to your teen about alcohol: In 2010, 22 percent of the young drivers involved in fatal crashes were drinking. Talk to your teen about the risks of both drinking and driving, and of riding with an impaired driver.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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