Getting their driver’s license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Meridian, and once licensed, teens may be very eager to get behind the wheel. However, teens do not have the driving experience or maturity that older drivers have. This could lead them to take risky behaviors while driving, such as using a cellphone. It is important for parents to have a discussion with their teen driver about distracted driving and the dangers it presents.
How big is the distracted driving problem among teens?
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cellphone use while driving is a major issue among teen drivers. Over 50 percent of teens reported using a cellphone while behind the wheel. In addition, over one-fourth of teens reported sending a text message while behind the wheel in the previous 30 days. Also, cellphone use is not the only way a teen can be distracted while driving. Eating, talking to passengers, looking at a map, combing your hair or putting on makeup or reaching for objects in the vehicle can all distract a teen driver, and can easily lead to a distracted driving accident.
How can teens avoid distracted driving?
It is important for parents to talk to their teens about distracted driving. Teens should understand what types of behaviors can distract them while behind the wheel. Parents can relay information about how they avoid distractions while driving. Teens can also ask a passenger to manage the phone.
Despite these tips, teens will still cause distracted driving accidents
Unfortunately, even the most responsible of parents in Meridian may not be able prevent their teen from causing a distracted driving accident. Distracted driving is considered a breach of a driver’s duty to drive safely. If this breach causes a car accident that injures another person, the injured party may want to explore their options for compensation, including pursuing a personal injury claim if appropriate.