Alabama Traffic Accidents: Parents Behaving Badly

The number of car accident fatalities is up close to 10 percent, according to the first 7 month’s of statistics for 2012.

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that there were nearly 21,000 people who were killed in car accidents in the United States through July.Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that there were close to 500 car accident fatalities reported in the state of Alabama during this time. This number shows a 5 percent decrease from 2011, but a more than 10 percent increase from 2010 statistics.

Many of these accidents are the result of irresponsible drivers. It’s not that drivers don’t know how to drive. It’s just that they choose not to do so safely. Also, teenage drivers account for a good portion of these accidents. Their inexperience behind the wheel makes them highly vulnerable to crashes.

That’s why we’re asking parents to make sure that their teenage drivers are getting the proper safe-driving education they need to ensure a lifetime of safe driving habits. Recent studies are showing that parents aren’t setting a good, safe example and instead are too often teaching their kids by example what not to do behind the wheel.

According to Claims Journal, more than 65 percent of teenage drivers think that their parents are following different driving rules. The most recent study was conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). Researchers talked with more than 1,500 teens about their parents driving habits while they were in the car. These habits included speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while distracted and not wearing a seat belt in the vehicle.

What do Teens Notice About Parent Drivers?

-More than 90 percent are blabbing on a phone.

-More than 85 percent are not obeying the posted speed limit.

-Nearly 50 percent are driving without a seat belt.

-About 60 percent are sending and receiving text messages behind the wheel.

-Roughly 20 percent are drinking and driving.

-More than 5 percent are driving stoned.

With all of this dangerous driving behavior reported, parents still expect their young drivers to be safe and to follow all of the rules behind the wheel. It’s the “do as I say, not as I do” theory, meaning parents can preach, but they don’t often practice.

It’s little wonder why our teens are in so many accidents. According to the study, 90 percent of them say they often talk on a cell phone while driving. Another 95 percent say they exceed the speed limit occasionally and about a third say that they don’t need to wear their seat belt. About 80 percent text message behind the wheel, more than 15 percent say they’ve driven under the influence of marijuana and another 15 percent say that they’ve driven under the influence of alcohol.

“The best teacher for a teen driver is a good parental role model,” said Stephen Wallace, senior advisory with SADD.

The last three months are typically the deadliest of the year. Many teens will be completing driver education and getting their license. And winter weather will combine with the holiday travel season.

Do your part and set a good example for your teen driver — the life you save could be your own.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.

More Blog Entries:

Drivers Behaving Badly in Alabama, Even With Stricter Laws, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, September 18, 2012

Smart Consumers Carefully Review Alabama Auto Insurance Policies, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, August 19, 2012

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