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Fatal Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

Teenage motorists are four times more likely to be killed in car wrecks than any other age group. Many car accident attorneys in Houston actually deal with cases involving teen driving deaths and injuries far too often. Teenagers are much more likely to ignore basic safety rules concerning speeding or seat belts. In fact, over 50 percent of all teenagers killed in car accidents did not wear seat belts. Before getting into the car, teens should always remember the fatal five major mistakes teens tend to make:
- Failing to yield
- Not adjusting to weather or darkness
- Tailgating
- Speeding and seat belt policies
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
It is widely known that males, especially between the ages 16 to 20, are more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior, such as speeding, ignoring other safety rules and driving under the influence. Among teenage drivers, 25 percent of fatally injured male drivers involved in teen drunk driving wrecks had blood alcohol concentration levels at or above .08 percent. However, research shows that 16-year-old girls are just as likely to be involved in fatal crashes as 16-year-old boys. Parents are letting their daughters drive much more often today, so this puts girls at risk as well.
It has been proven that teenage drivers are much more likely to cause car wrecks when their passengers are teenagers too. Teens feel the pressure to perform well while driving their car in front of friends. Driving under any kind of pressure increases the likelihood of getting involved in an accident. Teen motorists also tend to use the time in the car to chat, laugh, and make phone calls together or have lunch while driving. This typical teenage behavior distracts teens behind the wheel. It is an unfortunate reality that your teenage driver is likely to be involved in an accident. The best thing to do after seeking medical help if he or she is injured, is to call on one of the many car accident attorneys Houston so that you can be sure to receive proper compensation from your insurance, or compensation from your car’s manufacturer if the car design played a contributing factor in the accident.

About the Author
Graham Sutliff is an attorney and partner at Sutliff & Stout PLLC. Graham is passionate about advocating for those who have been victimized by the negligence of another. To learn more about Graham and his work, click here.

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