'When you send your teenager out with their brand new, shiny driver's license, you are hoping that they follow all the rules that you believe you've instilled into them. The unfortunate truth is that a large majority of teenage and early-adult drivers don't obey basic driving laws or simple safety regulations while driving.
Teenager Driving Statistics
One of the simplest ways for any driver to remain safe is to keep their seat belt fastened. Unfortunately, according to teen driving statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the age group that uses their seat belts the least are those aged between 16-24. The NHTSA also reported that 55% of teenagers aged between 15-19 that were killed in car accidents in 2013 weren't wearing their seat belts.
In addition to not obeying seat belt laws, the NHTSA reported the following about teenage driving:
- 27% of 15-19 year-olds that were killed while driving in 2013 were in a vehicle where the driver was under the influence of alcohol
- 50% of fatal crashes involving 16-year old drivers in 2013 were due to speeding
- Teenage drivers are 3 times more likely to engage in some sort of risky driving behavior if they have multiple passengers in the vehicle
- 1 out of 3 teens admit to texting while driving which the NHTSA says increases the chances of an accident by six times
Lead by Example
The best way for your teenage driver to drive safely and to obey the rules of the road is to have a great example to follow. Speak with your teen driver about safe driving, but also show them the right ways to drive by following your own rules.
At Canter Law, our attorney has experienced far too many teenage car accidents and hopes to help you to protect your teen from the dangers of driving by sharing these statistics. If the worst should happen and you're in need of assistance from our attorney, please contact Canter Law by calling 561-447-4500for a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, and all of South Florida.