Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident in Spartanburg and elsewhere. According to the recently-released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 2,000 of these young drivers, those ages 15- to 20-years-old, who were killed in car accidents in 2010.
In addition to all of these young fatalities, another 200,000 were seriously injured. While this number shows a 2 percent decrease from the previous year, it’s still important that we stay on top of these young drivers and their skills behind the wheel to help to further reduce their risks, especially during the hectic summer travel season.
Our Spartanburg injury attorneys understand that teens are being let out of school for their summer breaks and they’re walking into some serious risks. During this time, there are a lot of young drivers on our roadways and the number of accidents spike because of it. Be sure to talk with the teen driver in your family before it’s too late. Talk with them about the dangers, the risks and the consequences that are associated with dangerous driving habits. Make sure that they understand the rules of South Carolina’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) program and that they abide by these rules at all times.
According to the newest statistics from the NHTSA, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens here in South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the county. In 2010, there were more than 210 million licensed drivers in the U.S. These young drivers only accounted for about 6.5 percent of these drivers. This is a near 8 percent increase from the number of young licensed drivers the previous year. An increase in drivers equates to an increase in the risks for accidents. About 10 percent of the drivers who were involved in fatal accidents in 2010 were teenagers. Parents can do their part to help their child reduce the summer risks. Safe driving skills come with time and a thorough driving education.
Throughout the entire year, there were close to 1,320,000 police-reported accidents involving young drivers. And these were only the accidents that were reported. Officials believe that this number is actually much higher as they believe that many teen accidents are not reported to officials.
Throughout 2010, the state of South Carolina lost more than 120 of these teens in car accidents. Most of these fatalities were of those who were the passengers of a young driver’s vehicle. This illustrates the need to talk with our young ones about the importance of being a safe passenger, too. Teen passengers are the leading cause of distraction for young drivers. Beyond that, who your child chooses to ride with can have a great impact on their risks for an accident.
Contact the Spartanburg injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices today if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident in the Carolinas. Our firm offers free and confidential consultations to discuss the rights and the cases of accident victims. Call 800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Troopers Fighting Risks of Accidents in Rock Hill and Elsewhere through HEAT Campaign, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 1, 2012
Mock Accident in Asheville Warns Students of Summer Dangers, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 19, 2012