Our teens are facing the highest risks for car accidents in New York City and elsewhere right now!
From Memorial Day to Labor Day the 100 Deadliest Days for teenage drivers occur on our roadways, according to CBS New York. Teens are most likely to be involved in an accident during this time than during any other time of the year.
“Nationally each year, 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle accidents. In Nassau County last year, sadly four teens were killed,” said Thomas Dale, Nassau County Police Commissioner.
Our New York City personal injury attorneys understand that nearly 15 teenagers across the country are killed in traffic accidents every single day. Among some of the top causes for these accidents are distractions, speeding and alcohol. To help to reduce these risks, parents are asked to sit down and talk with the young drivers in their family about the risks they’re facing on our roadways during this time of the year as well as the consequences of dangerous driving behaviors. Parents can be some of the most influential people in a teen driver’s life behind the wheel. Have the talk and help to save lives!
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles offers parents a few suggestions regarding topics to discuss with the teen drivers in their family.
Safe Teen Driving Tips:
-Slow It Down: Speed-related accidents account for about a third of all car accidents. Abide by all posted speed limits to reduce your risks of an accident.
-Keep Eyes on the Road: Distractions should never be in the driver’s seat. Drivers in the state of New York are prohibited from talking on hand-held cell phone and from text messaging in the first place. Obey the state’s laws, help yourself to stay safe on our roadways and keep the phones away from the wheel.
-Buckle Up: Wearing your seat belt reduces your risks of being seriously injured or killed in the event of a car accident by 45 percent.
-Keep the Passengers Out: With every passenger in your vehicle, the risks for an accident increase dramatically. Young passengers increase these risks even more.
-Allow Space: Avoid tailgating other vehicles. The closer you follow another vehicle, the shorter the time that you have to react. Allow yourself with plenty of space and time on our roadways.
-Keep It Down: You may not think that loud music is a big deal, but it’s important to keep the volume down in your car. Loud music also serves as a dangerous distraction.
-Stay Awake: Avoid driving while sleepy or drowsy. These conditions increase your risks for an accident significantly.
-Lose the Booze: Never drink and drive. Alcohol reduces your reactions on our roadways and increases your risks for an accident. And it’s illegal!
The Law Offices of Nicholas Rose, PLLC is a law firm that’s dedicated to helping victims and the family of victims to recover from car accidents in New York City and elsewhere throughout the state. Call 1-877-313-7673 to set up your free consultation from an experienced car accident attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Car Accidents in Manhattan Likely during Prom, Graduation and Summer Break, New York Injury Lawyer Blog, April 16, 2012
Distraction-Related Car Accidents in New York City – Teen at High Risks, New York Injury Lawyer Blog, March 25, 2012