High Number Of Teens Driving While Distracted In Alabama
June 12th, 2012|
June 12, 2012
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that in 2009, approximately 3,000 teens died and 350,000 were injured as a result of auto accidents; however, the agency has recently shown that certain driving behaviors could prevent teen car accidents.
In an article from ABC 33/40 News, the CDC cites a study conducted last year showing that more teens are involved in accidents due to distracted driving than ever before. Results from the study showed 58% of high school seniors and 43% of high school juniors admitted to texting while driving on a regular basis.
Another risk factor uncovered by the study was a high proportion of accidents with several passengers in the vehicle. Numbers showed that the chances of being involved in an accident grew exponentially with the number of passengers in the car.
However, the study revealed that teens are practicing other safety behaviors better than ever before. Fewer students reported having driven drunk, and more teens reported wearing seatbelts on a regular basis.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers say that the best way to prevent your teen from being involved in an Alabama Auto Accident is setting rules for car usage, such as limiting the number of passengers, and having a conversation about the dangers of speeding, riding unbelted, and texting behind the wheel.