Car Accidents & Teen Drivers: Top 4 Causes of Accidents Caused By Teens (Pt. 1)

May 10, 2014

While newly licensed teen drivers will likely be eager to get behind the wheel of a car and take advantage of their new privileges, these drivers – who are generally the most inexperienced motorists on the road – need to be aware of the sense of responsibility that comes with driving. Specifically, it’s important that teen drivers understand the ways in which their choices behind the wheel can cause (or prevent) car accidents and that, when they choose to be reckless, lives can be lost.

Distracted driving and speeding are two of the most common – and preventable – causes of car accidents caused by teen drivers.

Distracted driving and speeding are two of the most common – and preventable – causes of car accidents caused by teen drivers.

In this two-part blog, we will point out the four most common causes of car accidents caused by teen drivers. All of these causes are preventable when teens commit to being sober, focused and responsible when they choose to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Cause 1: Driver distraction

About 12 percent of all teen drivers who caused fatal car accidents were reportedly distracted at the time of the wreck, according to data presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5 to Drive campaign. While any number of factors can contribute to driver distraction among teen drivers, the NHTSA reports that:

  • Teen drivers are far more likely to be distracted when there is even just one other teenager in the vehicle.
  • The most common distraction among teen drivers is cellphones, with texting while driving being a significant problem among this group of inexperienced drivers.
  • About 25 percent of all teen drivers reportedly text while driving every time they drive.
  • More than 10 teenagers die every day in the U.S. as a result of accidents caused by texting while driving.

The bottom line is that teen drivers need to stay focused on the task of driving and minimize any possible distractions – which primarily means that they need to put down their cellphones whenever they are behind the steering wheel of a vehicle.

Cause 2: Speeding

More than 1 in 3 fatal car accidents caused by a teen driver involved the driver speeding before the accident, according to the NHTSA. Regardless of the reasons that these less experienced drivers speed (e.g., because they are running late, they aren’t paying attention to the speed limit, they are showing off, etc.), the bottom line is that speeding is a preventable cause of car accidents caused by teen drivers.

For a continued discussion of teen drivers and car accidents, look for the second part of this blog to come.

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