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These 4 factors put your teen at risk of an accident

Watching your teenager venture into the world behind the wheel of a car can be both exciting and stressful. You want them to experience this newfound freedom, but you also know that driving is a major responsibility. Unfortunately, even the safest, most responsible teen can find themselves the victim of a car accident.

2017 statistics show that nearly 300,000 teens required medical treatment because of car crashes. But what’s behind the frequency of these teen car accidents?

1. Inexperience

Inexperience is an unavoidable aspect for first-time drivers. As with any new driver, your teenager will face many unfamiliar situations on the road before they become accustomed to driving. For example, driving on a highway or interstate for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Your teen might not know how to safely navigate the busy traffic. Because of this, teens are also less likely to recognize a dangerous situation. Instead of adjusting accordingly, they may be more likely to take risks.

2. Weekend and night driving

While teens usually don’t venture out during busy rush hours, they do enjoy weekends or nights out with friends. But these times can be dangerous for teenage drivers. Weekends see an increase of traffic as travelers make their way to and from their destinations. Night time driving can be incredibly dangerous due to low light settings. So, while it’s important for teens to have fun outside of school, it can sometimes be costly.

3. Distracted driving

There’s a lot that distracts teenagers these days. Whether it’s a smart phone, loud music, food or a group of friends in the backseat, your teen might find it difficult to concentrate on the road. Distracted driving can keep a teen driver from seeing important traffic signs and other hazards that may lead to an accident.

4. Seat belt use

Peer pressure, slow speeds or short distances might make your teen think they’ll be fine if they don’t use their seat belt. They may even think it’s “uncool” to wear one. But car accidents happen unexpectedly. A seat belt can save your teen’s life.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries. If your teen was injured in a car accident, they may have to undergo medical treatment. Car crash injuries can even cause extensive pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can help you recover these costly damages so your teen can focus on recovery.

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