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National Teen Driver Safety Week Set for October

From October 16 to October 22, National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) will be in full swing. This national safety week was established by Congress in 2007 and has since been held annually in an effort to reduce the amount of accidents involving inexperienced teen drivers.

This year, the week will not only focus on teaching teenagers safer habits, but will also work towards getting parents involved in the fight to reduce teen-related accidents. "Parents are Key" looks to equip parents with the right tools that they need to help teens, the process taking a hands-on approach.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost three thousand teenage lives are claimed each year as a result of car accidents – which equates to around eight deaths a day. To help counteract this, the week promotes the following steps for parents to take:

  • Practice driving with your teen;
  • Comprehensively discuss driving laws;
  • Lead by example – wear a seatbelt, don't text and drive, etc.; and
  • Get other parents involved in the campaign

In a study that was held by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance company, it was discovered that teens who had parents that monitored their driving, set limits and set supportive rules were half as likely to get involved in a car accident. They were also twice as likely to put on their seatbelt when getting behind the wheel.

Efforts such as this are an important step in helping to reduce car accidents, however, they are not a foolproof way to eliminate them entirely. If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident – regardless of the age – you should not hesitate to get the involvement of an experienced car accident lawyer. By working with an attorney that knows the process of these claims, you will be able to breathe easier knowing that steps are being taken to fight for fair compensation and to help protect your rights.

To learn more about car accident-related issues or for help in filing a claim, please do not hesitate to contact a car accident attorney from your area.

Categories: Teen Driver, Driver Safety