If you are a parent, one of the most terrifying days of your life may be the day your son or daughter gets a driver’s license. It is a sad fact that the number one cause of death between the ages of 16 and 20 is being in a car accident. How can you protect your teen? Technology may be the key.
Modern Technology that Reduces Distractions
Some of the tech that is helping younger drivers today is designed to reduce the distractions that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. For example, smartphone use is one of the most dangerous things a person can get involved in while behind the wheel. But teens often lack the experience to see the importance of following California state guidelines in this regard.
Modern smartphones and cell phone companies provide tech that can block calls or texts while driving and send an automatic response to the person who sent the message or made the call. That completely removes the temptation of checking the phone and sends the message to friends that calls won’t go through until your kid reaches his or her destination.
Modern Technology that Produces Better Driving Habits
You can also enlist the help of your car insurance provider. Most insurance companies produce devices that can be attached to a vehicle to monitor driving and alter insurance rates based on how safe someone is. Gradually speeding up and slowing down rather than punching the gas when a light turns green and waiting until the last second to break will be rewarded monetarily. That is enough incentive for most young drivers.
If Your Teen Is Injured in an Accident
Not all accidents involving teens are the young person’s fault, but it can be tough to convince an insurance company. Petrov Law Firm has the experienced personal injury attorneys you want on your side to secure a fair settlement. To have your case reviewed, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
A study conducted by the AAA Foundation has shed light on the dangers of teen driving. In fact, the study revealed that almost two-thirds of car accident injuries and fatalities occurring with a teen driver at the wheel affect someone other than the driver. No other group of drivers has as high of a crash rate, and the people most likely to get hurt seem to include everyone but the one at fault.
Summer Months Mean More Teen Drivers
If you though driving was dangerous during the school year, summertime ups the ante with more teen drivers resulting in summer being the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road. More than half of injuries caused by accidents with a teen driver are individuals in the other car. Statistic on fatality victims in teen driver accidents are also shocking:
• 30% – someone in another car
• 27% – passengers in the teen’s car
• 10% – non-motorists including pedestrians and people on bicycles
Why Are Teen Drivers So Dangerous?
Besides the lack of experience driving, teens are also frequently distracted by smartphones. Whether someone is sending a text or trying to catch a Pokémon, distracted driving can result in an injury or death very quickly. Other activities that can distract a driver include conversations with other passengers, applying makeup, smoking, eating, and more.
If You’ve Been in an Accident, We Can Help
Injuries and fatalities in car accidents, especially when someone else is at fault, can result in the payment of damages that include:
• Medical expenses
• Missed work or loss of ability to work
• Pain and suffering
The Petrov Law Firm has experienced personal injury lawyers to help you deal with insurance companies regardless of how the accident occurred. We work with medical professionals to ensure that you can get your injuries cared for fast, and we have experience investigating claims to ensure that you receive all of the compensation that you are due.
Contact us today at 619-344-0360 to learn more.