According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, teen drivers in the state of North Carolina are not allowed to have more than one passenger under the age of 21 in the vehicle with them during the intermediate or restricted license stage. This is all a part of the comprehensive graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program we have in our state. Recent studies have proven that these types of restricted stages can help to reduce your teen driver’s risks of car accident in Asheville and elsewhere.
GDL programs aren’t our only defense against these accidents. According to the most recent issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, parent involvement can be just as beneficial as these laws. Parents are urged to get involved with their teen’s driving experience to stay on top on their habits to make them safer drivers.
Our Asheville teen car accident attorneys understand that teen drivers have some of the highest risks for car accidents out of any age group. These young drivers often underestimate the risks and dangers associated with driving. Parents are asked to stay involved in their teens’ driving habits.as well as their where whereabouts when they’re behind the wheel.
Studies, conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, concluded that the risk perception and the sensation-seeking risks behind the wheel are more likely when a teen is let loose on the roadway without active parental concern. The study used to determine these findings examined nearly 200 teens with and without parents’ rule setting. It was determined that teen drivers who were regulated by parents drove safer and were less likely to engage in dangerous and illegal driving habits.
It was a whole different story once researchers started looking into the effects of young passengers in the vehicle with teenage drivers. Researchers analyzed more than 675 teen accident reports to see just how much having another teen in the car affects a young driver’s crash risk. In about 20 percent of the accidents, female drivers were distracted before an accident. In about 25 percent of the accidents male drivers were distracted before an accident. The study found that young male drivers were more likely to perform illegal driving maneuvers when passengers were present in the car than when they were driving alone.
“Distraction from peer passengers appears to play a prominent role for both male and female drivers,” said the lead author of the study, Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., MPH.
Young boy drivers were more likely to speed and drive recklessly when passengers were present. Girls were more likely to crash because of distractions that included looking at their passengers, making phone calls, text messaging and applying makeup while driving.
GDL programs vary from state to state. There are 48 states that regulate teens’ nighttime driving. There are only 45 states that regulate a teens’ number of passengers. Since the enactment of these laws, states have already seen a decrease in the number of teen car accidents.
If you or you teenage driver has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Speed: A Top Factor in North Carolina Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 23, 2012
Resolve to Reduce your Risk of a Carolina Car Accident in 2012, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 4, 2012