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Distracted Driving Found to be Prevalent in CA Teens

If you are one of the many American parents who have a young teen that has passed their driver’s test and is ready to be independent on the road, you are likely to be feeling anxiety. It is very common to feel concerned and nervous when your child is behind the wheel, and rightfully so. Teen drivers are a high-risk demographic for experiencing traffic accidents. Novice young drivers don’t have the experience to help them manage various road hazards the way that more veteran drivers do. Teen drivers also tend to engage in very risky behavior when they drive including, drinking and driving, speeding, or easily being distracted.

A study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examined drivers aged 15 to 18 during a four-year period from 2013 to 2017. During this time it was realized that teens were involved in crashes that killed 3,5000 people. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that the most perilous time a driver can be on the road is during the summer, while the month of March statistically pans out to be the safest month to travel. There are many reasons for this, but one reason is because of the increased amount of young people driving around throughout the day and night. 

Dangerous Teen Driving Behavior

Teens have enough to focus on when they are driving and gaining valuable experience operating a motor vehicle. Engaging in dangerous habits makes the risk for an accident very high for these already accident-prone drivers. Distracted driving, specifically, using an electronic device to communicate while driving has shown to be a major problem that exists with teen drivers.

Educating young drivers about how much-distracted driving puts their lives at risk and the lives of others is very important. According to AAA’s study, 52% of teens say that they read electronic communications on their phones while they drive and 40% say they send them while they drive. Another study done by the AAA revealed that 58% of teen-involved crashes that took place in 2015 were a result of the use of an electronic device while driving. Distracted driving is a major problem that should be addressed by parents. Speaking with your child about the importance of not using the phone for anything while driving can help. The other thing that parents can do is set an example by not using their phones while they drive. 

Los Angeles is a very populated area. Los Angeles car accidents happen all the time. Reminding your child every time they go out to keep the phone away can increase their safety on the road and the safety of others around them.

Where Can You Find a California Car Accident Attorney?

If you or a loved one has been injured in a California car accident, call AgnewBrusavich. AgnewBrusavich is a California personal injury law firm that has been helping victims who have been injured in accidents that were not their fault see their full legal justice since 1984. Call the Torrance personal injury lawyers at AgnewBrusavich today to schedule your free consultation at (310) 928-9081.

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