Driving opens up a world of opportunities for teens. With that freedom come the inherent dangers of operating a vehicle. Due to their inexperience, new drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents.
According to the American Automobile Association, distracted driving was a factor in 60 percent of moderate to severe teen collisions. Fortunately, there are steps that teens can take to minimize their risk of crashing.
If the worst happens and you or your teen suffers an injury due to a negligent motorist, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lake Charles accident lawyer can evaluate your wreck, talk to witnesses and determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Here are three ways to help your teen avoid distracted driving accidents:
Put Electronics in the Glove Box
Most teenage drivers have cell phones and other electronics. Although these may be helpful in an emergency, electronics are among the leading causes of car accidents in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, electronics distract drivers on three levels – cognitive, visual and physical – which makes them particularly hazardous. Teenage drivers may be able to prevent distracted driving accidents by locking their cell phones and other electronics in the glove box or trunk before they start the engine.
Tell Passengers to Behave
Most new drivers are aware of the risks of texting behind the wheel, but many underestimate the dangers of distracting passengers. According to the AAA, interacting with one or more passengers is a factor in 15 percent of teen crashes.
If you are a passenger, there are steps you can take to help prevent distracted driving wrecks. Do not play loud music, talk unnecessarily, show the driver photographs or videos on a cell phone, or point out distractions outside the vehicle. Also, avoid backseat driving. Scrutinizing the performance of a driver can make him or her indecisive, which can be deadly if he or she needs to avoid an unexpected hazard. You can, however, help the driver notice risks in certain situations. When the vehicle is reversing, you can point out objects that are in the way. If you know of an abrupt drop in the speed limit, notify the driver.
Purchase a GPS Device
New drivers often get lost. Looking at maps or road signs can be distracting, which increases the likelihood of an accident. You should purchase a standalone GPS device and program it prior to starting the engine. Although cell phones have GPS apps, these can distract the driver physically and visually.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact a Lake Charles accident attorney from Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Schedule a consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.