The less experience one has, the more likely they are to make a mistake. This goes for everything in life, especially driving.
Teen drivers have a greater risk of being involved in car accidents because they have less experience driving. With car accidents among the top causes of death for teenagers, there is no doubt that distracted driving is an issue for these young drivers.
Below are teen driving statistics regarding texting and driving, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 16-percent of drivers under the age of 20 that were involved in fatal crashed were reportedly distracted while behind the wheel.
- A survey of nearly 2,000 teens between 16 and 19 showed that 86% had driven distracted and 84% know that it is dangerous.
- 34% of teens that drive while distracted say that they are used to multi-tasking.
- 32% of teens that drive while distracted do not believe that anything bad will happen to them.
- 22% of teens who drive distracted say it makes driving less boring.
- There are an average of 23 texts sent while driving per month from a teen that admits to texting and driving.
- Over 50% of teens say that texting and paying attention to the road is easy.
- 36% of teens say they have almost been involved in a crash because of their own or another person’s distracted driving.
Distracted driving is highly dangerous yet very preventable. It is imperative for parents to talk with their teens about the importance of driving distraction free and putting their phones away in a purse or bag, out of sight so temptation does not exist. Tell teens that if they need to make a phone call while driving, pull off the road and into a parking lot or other safe area.
If your teen was involved in an accident due to the distracted driving of another individual, call our Ohio car accident lawyers at 800.637.8170. Our legal team can help your teenager obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.