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Accidents Involving Teenage Drivers

Law enforcement officials are investigating a fatal accident near Beeville that resulted in a teen girl being killed on Sunday March 19th, 2017. Law enforcement reports that a vehicle occupied by a driver and two passengers lost control, which caused the motor vehicle to run off the side of the road subsequently collide with a fence and multiple trees. The backseat passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The vehicle’s driver and front seat passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Law enforcement is still investigating the accident to determine exactly how it occurred.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 2,000 teenagers are killed in in motor vehicle accidents each year, with 200,000 teenagers subsequently suffering injuries of varying degrees. More than 5,000 teenagers each year are involved in accidents involving fatalities. Many individuals are surprised to learn that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.

The Most Common Reasons for Teenage Car Accidents

More than any other age group, teenage drivers are at a significant risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents. Some of the common types of motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Distracted Driving: While many people view distracted driving as synonymous with texting while driving, distracted driving includes any type of behavior that leads a motor vehicle operator to take his or her attention off of the road. Some of the common types of distractions including eating, talking to other passengers in the vehicle, or playing with the radio.
  • Failing to Wear a Seat Belt: Seat Belts significantly reduce the risk of serious injuries occurring during motor vehicle accidents. Statistics reveal that teenagers report lower proper seat belt usage compared to other age groups.
  • Inexperienced Motor Vehicle Drivers: Teenage drivers are frequently not able to quickly recognize and react to dangerous situations, which can arise suddenly on the road. If teenage drivers lack the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, they should consider taking a driving education class to further refine their driving skills.
  • Passenger Distractions: The presence of other teenagers as passengers in a motor vehicle can increase the risk of an accident occurring.
  • Reckless Driving: A large number of teenage drivers routinely speed or use a motor vehicle in an inappropriate way, like to make illegal turns or tailgate, at the time that an accident occurs.
  • Texting and Driving: A large number of teenagers in the United States own cell phones As a result, texting while driving has become a main cause of teen driver motor vehicle accidents.
  • The Use of Alcohol or Drugs: Driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs has the potential to cause particularly serious motor vehicle accidents. When the use of these substances is combined with teenage drivers who lack proper driving skills, there is a substantial risk of serious accidents occurring.

Please be sure to warn your teenage of the above dangers before it is too late.