As part of National Safety Month, June 12-18 is drawing attention to teen driving safety and the dangers inexperienced drivers face on roadways.
Our Charlotte car accident attorneys know that teens in North Carolina and throughout the country are in the midst of the 100 deadliest days of the year for young drivers and hope they use extra caution during the summer months to avoid a car accident in Greensboro and elsewhere.
A recent tragedy in York County is just another reason we should promote safe driving for young people this time of the year. WISTV reports on a fatal accident involving a teen who had graduated from high school a few days earlier. The teen was driving on SC Highway 160 early in the morning when he spotted a cyclist in his path The teen driver swerved to avoid the bicyclist, ran off the right side of the road and hit a pole and a tree before his vehicle rolled over. The teen driver died at the scene, while the cyclist remained unharmed.
The 100 deadliest days, as we posted on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 2009, nine out of the 10 deadliest days for young drivers were between May and August.
The National Safety Council understands the importance of this matter and has dedicated the third week of June to promote safe teen driving. There are more than 15 crashes daily involving a driver between the ages of 15 and 20. Two out of three people who die in teen-related crashes are not the teen driver, but someone else involved in the accident.
Throughout the week, backers like First America and Toyota will sponsor webinars and free online programs to support parents and teens during the early stages of driving.
The Alive at 25 Parent Program is an online interactive course that explains the risks involved and reiterates basic driving skills and the ability to make good decisions while driving.
The second edition of Teen Driver: A Family Guide to Teen Driver Safety is also a helpful tool for parents and teens. This guide takes you through the stages of getting a license and gaining driver experience. It also identifies the risks of making bad choices, like not wearing a seat belt or driving under the influence. The guide offers a driving skills checklist that can be used each time you go out on a supervised driving session with your teen. The checklist can be rated by satisfactory or needs improvement and includes the following items to name a few:
-Driving at night or during the day.
-Distractions occurring inside and outside the vehicle.
-Merging into traffic.
-Passing other vehicles.
-Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles, other cars and bicyclists.
-Speed used on turns or curves, during poor weather conditions, or congested roadways.
All motorists are at a high risk of car accidents during the summer months, but teen drivers are especially at risk as they spend more time on the road this time of year. Be a safe driver to reduce the risk of a serious or fatal accident in North Carolina this summer.
The accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims involved in car accidents in North or South Carolina. For a free no-obligation appointment call today at 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Parental Involvement Reduces Risks of North Carolina Car Accidents Involving Teenagers, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, October 22, 2010
Teen Car Accidents Medically Expensive in North Carolina and Often Require an Experienced Law Firm, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 17, 2011
Driver Knowledge Could Reduce Risk of Car Accidents in Winston-Salem, Elsewhere, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 11, 2011