Study Confirms Parents Can Prevent Teen Crashes

by Carmen Dellutri on November 5, 2013

Cape Coral teen driving accident lawyerA new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) highlights the importance of parental involvement in preventing teen motor vehicle accidents. It was released as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which as held last month.

According to the GHTSA, studies show that teens of parents who establish driving rules and monitor teen’s driving habits in an instructive, supportive way are much safer drivers. For example, these teens are:

  • Fifty percent less likely to crash
  • Seventy-one percent less likely to drive impaired
  • Thirty percent less likely to use a cell phone behind the wheel
  • Fifty percent more likely to wear their seatbelt

“While developmental and behavior issues coupled with inexperience impact teen crash risk, parents play a critical role in helping teens survive their most dangerous driving years,” the GHSA said.

The GHSA also stresses the role of parents in enforcing restrictions under graduated driver licensing. As we have previously discussed on this Florida Injury Blog, GDL programs gradually increase privileges for new teen drivers as they get older and attain more driving experience.

In this state, 16 year olds are only permitted to drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. All other times, drivers must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old, or be traveling to or from work. At 17 years old, unrestricted driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. All restrictions end at the age of 18.

"Graduated driver licensing is responsible for a 20 to 40 percent reduction in teen crashes," said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA's Deputy Executive Director. "But GDL isn't just a state or police program, it's a parent program. When parents understand how and why GDL works to address their novice drivers' crash risk and partner with their teens to enforce the proven provisions associated with these programs, good things happen."

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 car 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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