The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a Traffic Safety Culture Index recently, and 72% of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitted to some form of negligent driving. For every mile traveled, 16- and 17-year-old drivers are three times more likely to be in a fatal accident than are adults. Parents in Georgia will want to encourage safe behavior among their licensed teens.
This becomes especially important during the summer when teens are out of school and partying more. The period between Memorial Day and Labor is known as the 100 deadliest days because there are so many fatalities that arise from car crashes with teen drivers. Such fatalities totaled more than 8,300 during the 100 deadliest days from 2008 to 2018.
As this period begins, parents could try to coach their teens during practice driving sessions. AAA recommends doing this for at least 50 hours. Parents must lay down family rules regarding safe driving and also set a good example themselves.
The most widespread forms of negligence among teen drivers, according to the Traffic Safety Culture Index, were speeding in residential areas, with 47% admitting to it, and speeding on the freeway, with 40%. Others include texting and driving, 35%, running red lights, 32%, and aggressive driving, 31%.
Should an accident occur through the fault of one of the drivers, the other may be compensated for his or her injuries, but this means pursuing a personal injury case. Victims may benefit from legal representation as they work to achieve a fair settlement that covers their monetary and non-monetary losses.
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