The number of teen driving accidents is sky-rocketing. According to research, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 20. Knowing what types of mistakes teen drivers commonly make can reduce the number of teen driving accidents.
The following are the top seven mistakes commonly made by teen drivers:
Teens are inexperienced drivers. They tend to drive at high speeds and may be unaware of how long it will take their car to stop.
- Getting Distracted
Most teen drivers get distracted while driving. The different types of distraction include talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, talking with passengers and fiddling with the radio.
- Taking Unnecessary Risks
Most teen drivers take unnecessary risks such as neglecting to check blind spots, not using the correct turn signals, speeding, driving while drowsy and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Failing to Keep the Appropriate Distance from Other Vehicles
Teens often overestimate their ability to stop their cars in time and consequently, fail to keep a proper distance from the car in front of them. This increases the risk of a rear-end crash.
- Not Wearing a Seat Belt
Seat belts play a critical role in eliminating injuries and reducing the severity of injuries you may sustain in a car accident. Wearing a seat belt may be the only reason someone survives a crash. Many teens disregard this fact and neglect to wear a seat belt.
- Over-Correcting and Other Emergency Errors
Sometimes we have to swerve our car or quickly correct the direction of our wheels. Many times, teen drivers over-compensate in these situations and make a dangerous situation worse by losing control of their car.
- Having Teen Passengers
Most teens want to drive in the company of their friends, which can be dangerous. Teen passengers often distract the teen driver and cause the driver to be distracted and more likely to cause a car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, our experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorneys at The Reinken Law Firm can help you. We have more than 30 years of experience in representing car accident victims. Call 203-541-0090.