One of the leading causes of injury and death for teenagers in America are car accidents. Teen drivers are involved in more motor vehicle collisions than any other age group in California. Some of the reasons behind the high rates of auto accidents among teens are:
- Young Age/Lack of Driving Experience
- Risky Driving Behaviors
Our car accident attorneys recently came across a study that found some alarming news about a major source of distractions for teen drivers.
A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that teenage girls are twice as likely to use electronic devices behind the wheel as teenage boys. However, that doesn’t mean that teenage boys aren’t taking risks while driving. AAA says in a that “the leading cause of distraction for all teens was the use of electronic devices, which was seen in seven percent of the video clips analyzed.”
Not surprising, but cell phones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things were the most common distractions for teen drivers. This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.”
AAA Foundation Senior Communications Manager Carol Ronis told ABC News that the study is important because car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. Additionally, teens have roughly four times as many cars crash as adults.
California injury lawyer, Ryan Sargent, is a firm believer that education is the key to preventing teen driving auto accidents and deaths. Teens will model their behavior after the people who are teaching them how to drive. The laws regarding teen driving in San Diego and California have also become more strict to prevent more serious personal injury and death from car accident among teens. If you have a teenager, take the time to educate them on safe driving and practice with them. If you are a teenager, stay off of your cell phone and pay attention to the road.
Our car accident lawyers focus all of their practice on auto accident, personal injury, and wrongful death cases. If you or a loved on has been injured in a car accident and need representation contact our office today. Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you. We never charge a dime until we win your case.