NASCAR Driver Raises Teen Awareness in an Effort to Reduce Speed-Related Accidents in Statesville

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was in the news last May when he reportedly was driving at a high rate of speed on a rural North Carolina roadway. WBTV Statesville reported that Busch was speeding excessively in a 45 mph zone before law enforcement pulled him over near his residence.

Busch was testing the speed of his newly purchased sports car at 128 mph when officials say they clocked him for speeding. Busch publicly apologized for putting other motorists at risk of a car accident in Statesville and for behaving irresponsibly.
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Charlotte car accident attorneys know that Busch’s lack of common sense and poor judgment could have put others’ lives in real danger and could have led to a much more negative outcome. Maintaining control of a car at any speed over the posted limit is difficult, especially on rural roadways where just about anything can deter a motorist from staying on the road safely.

Busch is attempting to redeem himself and turn a negative into a positive, ESPN.com reports. The NASCAR driver is committed to helping 300 teens in 10 different schools complete the B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School program. The program was initiated by Doug Herbert in 2008 after his two sons died in a speed-related car crash.

“After spending time with Doug and getting to hear his story about that, it was easy to see this was the right fit for me to get my message out and help get their message out,” Busch said. “Certainly, I don’t have any excuses for my actions and I’m sorry for what happened.”

Herbert approached Busch after hearing about his charges for speeding and careless and reckless driving back in May. Realizing that Busch is a role model for young teens, Herbert spoke to him about the impact he can have on young drivers by getting involved in the program.

Herbert’s Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe program has reached over 3,000 teens in teaching them about the dangers of speeding and the consequences that can follow irresponsible driving behavior. The driving school puts teens, ages 15-19, in a real driving experience while in a controlled environment which allows them to gain the confidence and skills needed to be a safe driver.

The odds of a teen being involved in an accident within the first 36 months of obtaining a license are almost very high, meaning many teens are involved in an accident by age 19. Human error is the cause of 70 percent of car crashes and most accidents are considered avoidable.

B.R.A.K.E.S. offers these simple tips to teens:

  • Adjust your seat to a comfortable position each time you get in the car, especially if you share the vehicle with other drivers. There should be a slight bend at the elbow and knee in relation to the steering wheel and foot pedals.
  • Grip the steering wheel comfortably with two hands at the 10 and 2 or 9 and 3 positions.
  • Side view mirrors should be adjusted so a driver can see the lanes next to you not the rear bumper.
  • Scan mirrors every 6 to 8 seconds to view traffic behind or to the side of your vehicle. Be aware of everything going on around you.
  • Check tire pressure routinely, especially in extreme hot temperatures.
  • If you sway to the side of the road, don’t panic or jerk the steering wheel to get the vehicle back in place. Make your way steadily back onto the roadway safely.
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes whenever possible by staying alert for obstacles on the roadway and maintaining a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.

If a teen driver that you know has been involved in a speed-related car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for experienced car accident advice. For a free no-obligation appointment call 1-800-887-1965.

Additional Resources:

Kyle Busch to work with B.R.A.K.E.S, by David Newton, ESPN.com

Using Cell Phones While Driving Raises Risk of Statesville Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 21, 2011

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