The USA Today reports that something as simple as a teen driving contract could help protect your young driver from the dangers of poor driving decisions.
As our Raleigh accident attorneys reported recently on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, parental involvement in the driver education process can go a long way toward reducing the risk that your young driver is involved in a serious or fatal accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to report that car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15 to 20. In 2008, a total of 6,428 motorists were killed in accidents involving teen drivers — accounting for about one-sixth of traffic fatalities nationwide. North Carolina car accidents involving teenagers killed 250 people. South Carolina accidents involving young drivers claimed 141 lives.
The North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety reports that a teenager is involved in a car accident every 23.6 minutes.
Teen driving contracts typically place restrictions upon a teen driver and removes them as he or she gains experience. It also sets out the terms and consequences for violation of the agreement. Some car insurance companies provide discounts to teenagers and parents who have a signed safe driving contract.
Parents can download a North Carolina Teen Driving Contract here.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Representing all of North and South Carolina, including Concord, Gastonia, Greensboro and Hendersonville.