It might shock you how high insurance rates will go up once your teenager starts to drive, as a personal injury lawyer might explain. But what you do not know is that there is a reason for this. Teenage drivers are more at risk of getting into an accident than any other demographic. In 2015, 2,333 teenage drivers aged 16 to 19 years old died from injuries sustained in car accidents. 221,313 young drivers had to be treated in hospital in 2014 because of motor vehicle crashes. Teenage drivers aged 15 to 19 years old account for over eight percent of the United States population, but are responsible for 15 percent of vehicle crashes which total well over ten billion dollars.
These are sobering for parents who have teenagers behind the wheel. There is no way that parents can guarantee that their young drivers will not speed, drive in a reckless manner or get into serious accidents no matter how hard they try. However, there are many steps that parents can take in order to reduce the odds their teen drivers will get into an accident. Parents can make sure their teenage drivers log their practice hours before they apply for a driver’s license. States require that teenagers who are taking driver’s education courses log a certain number of hours of driving with a responsible adult over the age of 26 present in the passenger seat next to them. Parents who allow their teen drivers to cheat on this requirement and say that they have logged hours that they have not, are actually putting their children at risk. Those 50 hours many states require seem like a lot, but they ensure that young drivers better their driving skills.
When driving, parents should be an example to their teenagers. You should drive the speed limit and avoid road rage so that your teen follows in your footsteps. Keeping track of where your teens are when they’re driving is a good way to monitor their progression. You might even want to take advantage of tracking devices that are offered by many insurance companies and phone apps. These devices can log miles, speed at which your teen travels, where they are going and how often they use their brakes. If you learn that your young driver is driving erratically or speeding frequently, you can step in and change their children’s habits before anyone gets hurt. The key is for you to work with your teen driver, even if it requires a lot of patience and time. No parent wants to have their child hurt in an avoidable accident.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cannon Hadfield Stienben & Doutt, LLC for their insight into teen driving statistics.