Before handing the car keys over to your teenager, you should know the facts. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 20. When teen drivers ride with other passengers, their risk of being in a fatal car crash doubles. Overall, teenagers underestimate or are unable to recognize hazardous driving conditions.
Florida is a relatively dangerous place to drive. In 2017 alone, there were over 400,000 crashes, which involved nearly 700,000 drivers. Though this does place Florida as one of the most dangerous states for driving in the country, teen drivers are even more dangerous.
Almost 70,000 teenagers were involved in car accidents throughout Florida in 2017. These wrecks resulted in nearly 16,000 injuries and almost 150 fatalities. Unfortunately, younger teen drivers are getting into more accidents, although older teens were involved in fewer accidents from 2016 to 2017. Add in distracted and impaired driving, and teen driving becomes outright lethal. If your teen has been hurt in a crash, contact a Florida car accident attorney today.
Teen drivers, cell phones and texting while driving are a deadly combination, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Check out these eye-popping statistics, based on information from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
You don’t want to find yourself involved in a potentially damaging personal injury claim based on a car accident, especially if you haven’t fastened your seatbelt. If you have been injured in a car accident, or have any other type of legal claim, speak to a Florida car accident attorney immediately.
It’s up to you to confirm that your teenage drivers understand safety. They typically model you and tend to listen when driving privileges are at stake.