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Parental participation focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week

The habits of teen drivers concern individuals throughout the nation including those who reside in Fairfax City, Virginia. These concerns are well founded as the teenaged years are some of the most dangerous to be a driver. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 75 percent of the crashes teens are involved in that are deemed serious are due to what is called critical driver error. These errors include failing to detect an oncoming hazard, distracted driving and driving too fast for the given situation.  Recognizing this is an issue, communities throughout the nation take steps to improve the way in which teens drive. For instance, this week is National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The message behind this year’s teen safety week is the importance of having parents involved in the training of their child or the teen who is in their care. This involvement may take several forms including the creation of a parent-teen driving agreement and a focus on parents providing their teen driver with opportunities to learn about some of the key safety areas. In Virginia, parents as well as teens must attend a driving program.

Parents can also help reduce the number of accidents teen drivers are involved in by enforcing their state’s rules regarding graduated drivers licensing. More specifically, parents should focus on two components of GDL, those pertaining to the number of passengers who can be in the car and driving at night. These GDL programs, which vary from state-to-state, are pointed to as the reason behind a reduction of between 20 and 40 percent of teen crashes.

While programs targeting specific groups of drivers who are at a higher risk of being involved in a crash are of course beneficial, accidents still happen. When they do, and someone is injured, a personal injury lawsuit could be appropriate.

Source: Forbes, "Teens With Parents Who Set Driving Rules 71% Less Likely To Drive Drunk, GHSA Says," Tanya Mohn, Oct. 22, 2013

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