Car Accidents Deadliest Threat to Florida Teens
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2015 – Parents of teenagers may worry more about alcohol, drugs or bullying, but the greatest threat to the safety of teens is the automobile.
According to government statistics, 71 Florida teenagers were killed in car accidents last year. The National Safety Council said that the first year of driving and first thousand miles driven are the deadliest time in the life of a teenager.
“Teenage drivers are inexperienced and may not have a proper understanding of the dangers they face when they are behind the wheel,” said Jason Chalik, a Florida car accident attorney with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers. “It is very important for parents to teach teens the rules of safe driving.”
Florida Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition teamed up to declare National Teen Driver Safety Week recently. According to the coalition, there was a 25 percent increase in the number of Florida teenagers killed in car crashes between 2013 and 2014.
The theme of the safety week is “5 to Drive,” which reminds teen drivers of five important safety tips:
· Avoid multiple passengers in the vehicle
· Buckle your seat belt
· Do not drive at excessive speeds
· Do not drink and drive
· Avoid cell phone use while driving
Unfortunately, teenage drivers often ignore these rules, which can lead to deadly consequences, according to the National Safety Council. There were nearly 1 million high school students who drove while impaired in 2011, the safety council said. Distraction was a factor in about 58 percent of teen car crashes, with 12 percent involving the use of cell phones.Learn more at http://www.chaliklaw.com/. Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers 28 W Flagler St, #1000 Miami, FL 33130 Phone: (305) 944-2035