Monday, April 2, 2012

The 411:
Teenage Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that “A total of 3,466 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. This is 60 percent fewer than in 1975 and 15 percent fewer than in 2008.” Teenage drivers are at a greater risk of being involved in auto accidents for a variety of reasons. For example, teenage drivers are less experienced, may become distracted more easily, and are more likely to text and talk on the phone while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that “Thirty-three percent of deaths among 13-19-year-olds occurred in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.”
These are extremely startling figures, considering the number of teenagers drivers on the roads these days. Though the number of deaths resulting from teenage drivers has decreased, there are still far too many auto accident related deaths involving teenage children each year, and an even greater number injuries. A car accident can completely disrupt a person’s life. If your vehicle is damaged during the accident, you may have little or no available transportation. This can significantly limit one’s ability to work and if you are injured in an accident, you may not be able to work at all. It is important to have access to proper medical services and legal advice during times like this. 411 Pain is a medical and legal referral service. They have been in business for over 15 years. We cannot control who is sharing the road with us or what they are doing. We can, however, control how we choose to protect ourselves in the unfortunate event of an accident. Remember, after 911, call 411!

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