According to a publication called “Alabama’s Teenage Drivers at Risk,” auto accidents involving teenagers are a critical problem and one that requires immediate attention.
The CDC also reports that auto accidents are the number one cause of death in kids between the ages of 16 and 19. Many of these accidents occur either when a teen is driving or when he or she is in the car with friends.
These statistics are frightening to parents, but it is important for parents to read them and to be aware of the risks that their kids face. Parents who know of the dangers of teen driving can talk to their kids about staying safe. As winter approaches, our Montgomery accident lawyers believe that this holiday season is the perfect time for parents to sit down with their kids and go over some driving risks and driving rules.
Talk To Your Kids About Alabama Auto Accidents
The holiday season is a time when the weather gets bad and many kids may face driving in winter conditions for the first time. The holiday season is also a time when college kids may come home from school, driving long distances. With holiday vacations and so many parties and celebrations going on, kids may also spend more time driving during the holidays. For all of these reasons, the risk of accidents may increase.
The holidays are not only the most dangerous driving times, but they also present parents with the opportunity to spend time with their kids. During this time, it is a good idea to go over safe driving tips and to help your children to better understand how dangerous driving can be.
Alabama Auto Accident Risks for Teen Drivers
When you talk to your kids about car accidents and the risks they face, it is helpful for you and your children to understand just how serious the problem is. According to “Alabama’s Teenage Drivers at Risk,” an AAA publication:
- There were 708 fatalities among teenagers in Alabama from 2004 and 2008.
- Teen drivers ages 15 to 19 suffered 38,233 injuries in car wrecks between 2004 and 2008.
The crash data in Alabama indicates that every single day in the state, there were 21 injuries or deaths among teenagers in auto accidents. This is a staggering number of teens each day who experienced life-changing injuries or who lost their lives.
What Should You Know
As parents, it is important to make sure your kids not only know the risks but also understand the most dangerous driving behaviors. There are many top causes of teen car accidents but some of the most common reasons for wrecks included speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving and drowsy driving.
Teens especially may be at risk of driving distracted or driving when they are too tired. Distraction.gov, for example, reports that fatal wrecks with teens involved a distracted driver in 11 percent of cases. Further, the outcome of an AAA study published in Auto Blog revealed that drowsy driving was a bigger problem among teens than among the general population, and that teens were less likely to stop and rest if they were nodding off or exhibiting diminished ability to drive due to being tired.
Parents should discuss these specific behaviors with their teens and should forbid driving late at night, after having had a drink, or when talking or texting on a cell phone. Parents should also discuss the dangers of speeding, tailgating, aggressive driving, failure to yield, or failing to use proper turn signals.
For parents who want to go a step further in educating their kids and in enforcing safe driving rules, the website of the Alabama Department of Public health http://www.adph.org/teendriving/Default.asp?id=4448 also has a driving contract that parents and kids can sign that outlines the requirements and limitations of a teen having the privilege to drive.
If you’ve been injured in a teen driving accident, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.
Montgomery Injury Lawyers Support Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, November 14, 2012.