Could New Driver Decals Help Prevent Teen Crashes?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 13, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyMotor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. Therefore, as Cape Coral accident attorneys, we are always interested in new ways to deter teen crashes.

One idea that seems to work is to equip vehicles driven by teens with special decals. In New Jersey, a law mandating teen drivers display a decal indicating their Graduated Driver Licensing status may have contributed to a nine percent decrease in the crash rate among new drivers, according to a study from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As reported by, researchers examined the rate of citations issued for GDL restrictions and crash reports among teen drivers in New Jersey in the probationary period before and after the decal requirement was implemented in May 2010. They also found an eight percent decrease in multiple-vehicle crashes and a nine percent decrease in accidents involving a probationary driver with teen passengers

Given the success, several other states, including Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina, are said to be contemplating adopting similar legislation. Although Florida is not currently on the list, we think it is an idea definitely worth considering.

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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