The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the Fourth of July holiday has been one of the deadliest days of the year for teen drivers in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, according to TorqueNews.com. Specifically, over 800 fatalities have occurred on Independence Day during the four year period. The Allstate Foundation states that if current projections hold true, 140 motorists may be killed during this national holiday, and of this projected number, teens are especially susceptible. A new study conducted by The Allstate Foundation reveals that teenage drivers are mainly vulnerable to a deadly distracted driving accident as nearly half of all teens studied report that texting is their greatest distraction while behind the wheel.
Congress is presently considering legislation that will urge states to enact teen driving laws, also known as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). According to recent research, states with GDL policies have significantly reduced traffic accident-related fatalities by as much as 40 percent in states where the laws have been enacted. The Allstate Foundation asserts that GDL implementation across the nation may save $13.6 billion per year and save 2,000 lives.
While Congress is taking measures to help keep teenage drivers save, parents can also help prevent their teens from being involved in a serious auto accident. Allstate reminds parents to tell their teen to put down their cell phone and put on their safety belt when driving. In addition, parents should also set an example for their teen by practicing what they preach and being a safe, distraction-free driver. Pointing out the appropriate speed limits when driving with your teen and practicing driving with them at different times of day may also help prevent an accident and give them the much needed practice that will help them stay safe on the roads.
The Nebraska distracted driving victim lawyers of Cullan & Cullan, LLC recognize how dangerous distracted drivers can be and the deadly consequences that can happen when drivers, young or old, make the choice to not focus solely on the road. If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and options following an accident. To speak with a member of our legal team regarding your situation, please call (402) 397-7600.