Distracted driving is one of the most common reasons that teenagers in New York are more likely than older drivers to get into car accidents. Distracted driving is typically defined as scrolling through social media, texting friends or talking on the phone while driving. However, there’s another form of distracted driving that parents should know about before they allow their children to get their driver’s license.
The dangers of teen distractions behind the wheel
When most teenagers get their driver’s license, they’re eager to start driving their friends around. This might sound harmless, but having friends in the vehicle can quickly lead to a car accident. Studies have shown that having peers in the car makes teenagers more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving under the influence.
Having friends in the car can also create a distraction. If the driver is focused on talking to their friends and engaging with their antics, they’re not giving the road their full attention. In fact, studies have revealed that having two or more friends in the car makes teenagers three times as likely to get into a car accident. This can result in injuries, fatalities and a personal injury lawsuit from the other party that was involved.
It’s important for parents to educate their teenagers about the dangers of driving with friends in the vehicle. They might even want to make an official rule: no driving with two or more passengers. Parents should also educate their children about the dangers of other distracted driving behaviors like talking on a smartphone, brushing their hair or eating while they’re on the road.
Can you file a lawsuit if you’re hit by a teenage driver?
Many studies have shown that teenagers are some of the riskiest drivers on the road. If they’re not engaging in safe driving behaviors, they’re not just putting themselves at risk: They’re putting everyone on the road in danger. Thousands of people are injured in car accidents every year simply because one driver wasn’t paying attention. If this happens to you, you may consider hiring an attorney.