19 Oct 2014

Its National Teen Driver Safety Week

cell_phone_use_while_driving_0During this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes safety for teenage drivers. Automobile crashes are the highest cause for death among 14-18 year-olds and the NHTSA is using this week to remind all parents to have a conversation with their teenagers about safe driving.

NHTSA likes to use the slogan “5 To Drive” to help parents know what to discuss with their teens to encourage safe driving. The five facets to safe teenage driving are:

  • No alcohol
  • Buckle up
  • No speeding
  • No cell phones
  • No extra passengers

Driver distraction can occur from both a teen’s cell phone and friends in the car with them. According to the NHTSA, 71% of teenagers admit to texting while driving and 78% admit to reading texts while driving. This distraction alone can lead to accidents and the NHTSA reported that 10% of all fatal accidents for drivers under the age of 20 were because of driver distraction.

Our New York car accident attorneys at Weiser & Associates wish to join with the NHTSA in the promotion of safe teenager driving. While we hope you’ll never find yourself in this position, if your teen gets in a car accident, please contact our team to help you determine who was at fault and how to get the best settlement possible. Call us today at (212) 213-3111.