Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve distracted driving. Distracted driving killed 3,477 Americans in 2015, and injured 391,000. More than one-fifth, or 21 percent, of all teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 who were killed in accidents were distracted at the time of the accident.
Many teenagers are in near-constant contact with their friends on phones. But, cellphones and other electronic devices are a leading cause of distraction for drivers today.
Older, more-experienced drivers need to be careful to keep their attention on the road as much as teens. But, young people have less experience driving than most older Americans, and distracted driving can be even more dangerous.
In addition to electronics, drivers of all ages can have their attention taken away by food and drinks, conversations with other people in the car, or even events happening outside their vehicle.
What can you do to keep your teen safe? The best thing a parent can do to keep their child from becoming a victim or injured in a wreck caused by distracted driving is to talk to them about the dangers of distracted driving. Also, become familiar with local and state laws. Let your teen know what you – and society – expect from them, and what the penalties will be for violating the rules.
Best of all, lead by example. Never allow devices, people or anything else take your attention away from the road when you drive. Your child just may learn to do the same.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident due to someone being negligent and falling victim to distracted driving, contact the attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley for a free case review today!