Top Mistakes of Young Drivers
Last Updated on April 5th, 2018
Learn the top mistakes so you and your children can avoid them
According to a study conducted by aceable.com with the help of Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute, the biggest factor in teens driving distracted may be witnessing their parents’ habits.Â â€œ3,477 traffic deaths were cause by distracted driving in 2015. Thatâ€™s a 10% increase over the previous year. If 75% of teens say that they see their parents distracted (primarily by cell phones) when driving, then itâ€™s clear that parents have to step up and set the right example to help reverse this trendâ€ says Aceable’s CEO, Blake Garrett.
In one study, 45 percent of high school seniors surveyed said they had drunk alcohol in the past month. Teen drivers are at greater risk for accidents than older adults – four times greater, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here are some of the most common mistakes young drivers make:
- Being distracted behind the wheel – Cell phones, CDs, food, and even text messages can pose serious distractions to drivers. In some cases, drivers will even text their back seat passengers, said Gary Tsifrin of DriversEd.com
- Taking too many risks – Actions such as ignoring traffic signals or school zone signs and changing lanes without checking blind spots. Unlike distracted driving, risky behavior is deliberate
- Speeding – Most drivers occasionally speed, but teens do so because they don’t have a good sense of how a car’s speed can affect their response time. On average, teens drive faster than all other drivers as a whole.
- Overcrowding the car – Teens frequently overcrowd their car, Tsifrin said. The distractions of carrying too many passengers can have serious consequences. A 2000 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Johns Hopkins University said that with two passengers, 16-year old drivers were at nearly double the risk of having a fatal accident than if they were alone.
- Driving under the influence – In 2006, a study by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 45 percent of high school seniors surveyed said they had drunk alcohol in the past month. January’s survey by Children’s Hospital of Philidelphia and State Farm Insurance said that 45 percent of teens reported seeing other teens drive while high on drugs.
- Following too closely – Maintaining the proper distance is a critical step in preventing accidents. Unfortunately, many teens fail to do so: in a 2005 National Institutes of Health study, teen drivers left nearly two-tenths of a second less following distance behind the car ahead than did general traffic.
- Driving unbuckled – A 2003 survey by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 79 percent of drivers ages 16 to 24 said they wore their seat belts regularly, and 84 percent of the overall population did so.
- Not being able to handle emergencies – Knowing how to avoid an accident comes with driving experience. Young drivers can learn only so much in the classroom, which leaves learning maneuvers like straightening out a skid or how to apply the brakes correctly to real-world experience
- Driving drowsy – Drowsy driving often affects an unlikely group – the so-called ‘good kids.’ That means straight-A students or those with a full plate of activities. Three-fourths of teens in one survey said they had observed their peers driving while fatigued.
- Choosing the wrong car and not maintaining it – Too often, a combination of tight budgets and high style leads teens to pass up important safety features for larger engines and flashy accessories.
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Car Accident Information
Last Updated on July 31st, 2017
Motor Vehicle Accidents – An Overview
If you are involved in a Texas car accident, and you feel that it was caused by the negligence of the other driver, then you may have cause for a lawsuit.
Negligence in Texas is determined to be a factor based on â€œproper lookoutâ€.Â This means that every driver on the road must observe all circumstances of driving in order to prevent an automobile accident.Â The failure of a driver to pay attention to the road and other drivers can result in a car accident because of negligence. Generally, people who operate automobiles must exercise “reasonable care under the circumstances.” A failure to use reasonable care is considered negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for harm to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
You may need the help of a lawyer in order to prove that the other driver was negligent if you were involved in an automobile accident in Texas. This can be a complex issue, especially if the accident resulted in serious injury to you or a passenger in your vehicle. You also have to prove that you suffered bodily injury in the accident and if you choose to deal with the insurance company on your own, you may have difficulty receiving the compensation which you deserve. Â Lawyers are more skilled at and are better equipped to sue for compensation in a car accident.
The damages that you can sue for in a Texas car accident case include:
- Loss of income because you are unable to work, permanently or for a period of time
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Non-economic compensation, such as for pain and suffering.
The court may reduce the amount of your claim if the other driver claims that you are also responsible for the car accident, which is why you need the services of an experienced auto accident lawyer.
Cases arising out of automobile accidents are by far the most common type of personal injury case in our court system today. This is not surprising, given that every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not hesitate to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney experienced in automobile accident cases in order to best protect your interests.
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