New Study Reveals Parents Concerned About Teen Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on April 5, 2013

Sarasota personal injury attorneyIn the wake of several deadly accidents involving teen drivers, many parents are understandably concerned about how to keep their children safe on the road. According to a new study, many parents regret not spending more time teaching teens safe driving behaviors.

As we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 2010, seven teens aged 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Even more alarming, fatalities seem to be increasing, especially for new drivers.

The new Allstate Foundation study shows that both parents and teens are willing to work together. Half of parents express regret about not monitoring their teen driver after they get a license, and more than two-thirds wish they spent more time practicing driving with their teen in high-risk situations.

Meanwhile, teens welcome the extra effort. More than 50 percent of those surveyed stated that they want more time behind the wheel with their parents.

As reported by the National Safety Council, below are a few more key findings:

  • Parents don’t understand the most deadly risks to their teen driver. Research shows that inexperience is the No. 1 cause of teen crashes, but 74 percent of parents inaccurately believe that risk-taking is the leading cause.
  • Despite the fact that nine in 10 parents say it’s very important for teens to learn to manage night driving and driving with passengers, one in three parents admit they have not adequately covered these items with their teen.
  • Nearly 30 percent of parents are not setting rules around some of the most dangerous behaviors including nighttime driving and passengers in the car. Many parents also don’t require their teen to get permission before driving somewhere.
  • Sixty-four percent of parents are actively looking for resources to help manage their teens’ driving experience.

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 Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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