Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time for a teenager, but it also comes with serious responsibilities. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the main contributing factors noted by police officers for young driver auto accidents in Maryland include the following:
- Following other vehicles too closely
- Failure to yield right of way
- Driving too fast for road/weather conditions
When considering that 16 and 17 year old motorists account for only 1.6 percent of all licensed drivers in Maryland, it is astonishing that these motorists account for 11 percent of all driver fatalities. Parents can play a major role in helping to ensure that their teenager drives safely and follows all the rules of the road by setting an example and by enforcing rules of their own. It is recommended that parents consider the following points to help raise auto accident awareness with their teen:
- Emphasize the importance of seat belt use at all times. Not only is this the law, but seatbelts are the most effective defense against serious injury and death in the event of a crash.
- Regulate independent driving by allowing your teen to drive alone more frequently only after they have demonstrated responsible driving.
- Limit the number of passengers that your teen is allowed to transport at one time in order to help reduce distracted driving.
- Remind your teen about the dangers posed by speeding.
- Establish allowed driving hours and limit nighttime driving as much as possible since most deadly collisions occur from 9 p.m. to midnight.
- Forbid any type of cell phone use while your teen is driving.
- Do not allow your teen to drink and drive, making sure that your teen knows that drinking and driving is prohibited.
While some of these points may seem obvious, you would be surprised how often they are overlooked or forgotten. As Maryland car accident lawyers, we have seen just how devastating the aftermath of an auto accident can be for an injury victim and their family. If you or someone you care about have been injured in a Maryland vehicle collision that you believe was caused by a negligent driver, our attorneys can help you obtain compensation. Call the law offices of Alpert Schreyer, LLC, today for a free consultation at 1-301-932-9997 or 1-800-301-7172.