Tragically, an average of 10 teens die every day in teen-driven vehicles in the United States. The deadliest time of the year for teen drivers is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, because more teens die in car crashes during this time of the year than any other. This period is sometimes referred to as the “100 Deadliest Days”.
According to data from Allstate Insurance, the two most accident-prone roads for teens in Dallas are I-635 and I-35E. On I-635, there were 1,489 crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 from 2006 until 2010. On I-35E, there were 1,162 crashes involving teen drivers from 2006 until 2010.
So how do you keep your teen drivers safe on the roads this summer? First, remember that you are a role model. Show your teens safe driving habits and seat belt use. Discuss the consequences of using drugs or alcohol while driving, and let them know this behavior is completely unacceptable. Let your teen do as much practice driving while you are supervising as possible. Drive in a variety of settings, including heavy traffic, daytime and nighttime, urban and rural settings, and bad weather.
You may wish to set firm rules about certain situations your teen may encounter while driving. You should consider restricting the passengers your teens can have in the car. Having more passengers, particularly other teens, is very distracting for a new driver and can lead to carelessness. You should also limit night driving – most teen crashes occur between 9 pm and midnight. Finally, restrict a teen’s cell phone usage while driving.
If you take certain precautions now, your teen stands a much greater chance of staying safe on the roads. If you are involved in a Dallas car accident with a teen driver, contact the Barber Law Firm at 817-527-8833 today to learn more about your legal rights.