Car accidents, more specifically, motor vehicle contact crashes are currently the leading cause of death for American teenagers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, per mile, 15 to 19 year old drivers are up to four times more likely than older drivers to get into a fatal car crash. Luckily, teen car accidents can be prevented with education on certain strategies.
Various behaviors such as distracted or drowsy driving, inexperience, immaturity, drinking and driving, nighttime driving, and not wearing seatbelts contribute to a teens risk of a motor vehicle accident. In their driver education campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) delineates a strategy for preventing car accident related deaths and injuries among adolescent drivers: parental responsibility, reducing youth access to alcohol, encouraging seat belt use, and enforcing graduated driver licensing. By following this strategy, teens will hopefully reduce the number of negligent driver accidents that plague U.S roadways.
If you or someone you know is the victim of a Missouri or St. Louis car accident, involving a teenager or negligent driver, an auto accident lawyer will defend you against large insurance companies. To discuss your next step following a crash, contact a St. Louis injury lawyer Chris Dixon at 314.409.7060, or toll free at 855.402.7274.