This entire week (Oct. 16-22) is National Teen Driver Safety Week. It's an important time to help your teens learn and understand safe driving habits so they can avoid a car crash. Consider the "5 to Drive" rules from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Alcohol and driving don't mix: Never drink and drive. Not only is underage drinking punishable by law, but drinking and driving puts your life and the lives of others sharing the road with you at risk.
- Always wear a seat belt. Doing so significantly reduces the risk of serious injuries and death in the event of an accident.
- Eliminate driving distractions. Using a cell phone, texting, interacting with passengers and other things that distract you from the task of driving can significantly increase the risk of a crash.
- Speeding creates a seriously hazardous situation. As inexperienced drivers, teenagers may not be aware of just how easy it is to speed. But exceeding the speed limit increases the risk of a crash and generally guarantees more destruction than an accident at slower speeds.
- Too many passengers can contribute to an accident. It's really easy to get distracted by your passengers. It's important for us to show our teen children that being a driver involves a heavy responsibility: keeping all of your passengers safe. Teens can prevent this source of distraction by making sure they don't have an excessive number of passengers with them.
Tragically, motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 cause of death for teens between the ages of 15-19 in the US. South Florida is no exception – teens are injured and killed in accidents routinely here. We can all do our part to prevent these tragedies by modeling good driving behavior and reminding our teenagers how they can be safer drivers.
If your teen was involved in an accident caused by a careless driver, experienced accident attorney Eric Canter is here to help. He provides free case evaluations and clear, straightforward answers about your case. He is proud to serve people from across South Florida, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. For your free consultation, day or night, please call us at 561-447-4500.