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Car Accidents are the Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Teens

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 the deaths of 2,163 teens ages 16-19 were caused by car accidents. Males age 15-24 accounted for 30% of the total costs of car accident injuries and females accounted for 28% of the total costs.

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Six U.S. teens die every day from car accidents.

Teens age 16-19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal car crash than drivers age 20 and older. Male teen drivers and passengers are most at risk, accounting for twice the death rate of females. The risk increases when a teen driver is unsupervised with teen passengers in the car.

Crash risk is particularly high during the first months of a teen obtaining a license.

Teen Driver Risk Factors:

  • Underestimating situations or unable to recognize dangerous situations
  • Speeding
  • Following too close
  • Male teenage passengers increase risky driving behavior
  • Drinking and driving
  • Not wearing a seat belt

Teen drivers need to be aware of EIGHT DANGER ZONES:

  1. Driver inexperience
  2. Driving with teen passengers
  3. Nighttime driving
  4. Not using seat belts
  5. Distracted driving
  6. Drowsy driving
  7. Reckless driving
  8. Impaired driving

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Prevent teen accidents by using the below proven methods with teens:

  • Wear seat belts at all times
  • Do not drink and drive – the legal drinking age is 21, enforce the law!
  • Use the Graduated Driver Licensing Programs (GDL)
  • Provides longer practice periods
  • Limits driving under high risk conditions
  • Requires more parent participation in their teen learning to drive

GDL programs reduce 38% of injuries and 40% of fatalities amount 16-year old drivers.

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If you are the parent of a teen driver, click this link for resources to keep your teen safe: http://www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey/parents/index.html

Parents are KEY to safe teen drivers –

Take an interest and enforce the rules!

SPREAD THE WORD to other parents –

It only takes a minute to share information that can save a life.

Please keep your teen safe!

If your or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, call us today at 312-375-6524.


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