Teen Crash Statistics
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident lawyer. In a recent post we encouraged motorists not to Snapchat and Drive because of the devastating injuries and fatalities we encounter in our law practice due to distracted driving collisions. Let me tell you, nothing is quite as sobering as the words of regret and sorrow coming from a person who has suffered serious bodily injury while using their cellphone while driving. Now imagine that same person learning they are responsible for the wrongful death of their passenger or another motorist on the roadway.
Invincible Young People and Social Media
Most young people think they are invincible. While many teens think using Snapchat while driving is harmless (all their friends do it), nothing could be further from the truth. Take the time to talk to any young drivers in your life and let them know that using Snapchat is a form of distracted driving. Share the teen crash statistics with them. Recent statistics indicate that distracted driving is the leading cause of car crashes in the United States.
Distracted Driving Statistics
According to the U.S. government website, Distracted.gov, which is working hard to prevent distracted driving crashes and injuries, these types of traffic collisions are responsible for more than 431,000 motor vehicle accident injuries each year. In particular, teen drivers are at risk of collisions while driving distracted. About 10 percent of all motorists that get into distracted driving crashes are between the age of 15 and 19 years old.
Looking for Some Teen Drivers to Take a Stand
Sadly, teen drivers not only risk their own lives, but also the lives of their passengers and other motorists on the road. DoSometing.org is a website which advocates for teen drivers to take a stand and make positive steps to affect social change. They encourage young drivers to become role models by speaking out to eliminate poor driving behavior like Snapchat while driving. The website also offers some sobering (and heartbreaking) facts about teen car wrecks and the dangers distraction poses:
- 16-year-old drivers have the highest number of auto accidents;
- Teen car crashes are responsible for one-third of all teen deaths in the United States;
- About 50 percent of all teen drivers admit to using their cellphone while driving;
- Less than 50 percent of all teens riding as passengers in a car operated by another teen driver said they would speak up if that person was driving recklessly.
Modesto Distracted Driving Injury Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident attorney. If you or someone you hold dear has been seriously injured or killed by a person driving distracted, please call me right away at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400 for fast, free and friendly advice.
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