Posted On: October 19, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Preventing Chicago Car Accidents: National Teen Driver Safety Week Runs from October 18 – 24

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the number one cause of teen deaths. National Teen Driver Safety Week was created to raise awareness about the dangers of teen driving and to promote solutions to prevent teen driving accidents from happening.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says teen motorists are involved in three to five times as many deadly car accidents as adult drivers. Distracted driving and drunk driving, both negligent acts, continue to be the leading factors in teen car crashes.

Teen driving crashes can lead to Chicago car accident lawsuits if one of the motorists involved contributed to causing the traffic crash through negligence, recklessness, or carelessness.

Today, Vlingo Corp. released new information about the distracted driving habits of teenagers. According to its Vlingo Consumer Mobile Messaging Habits Report, 60% of teenagers say they read text messages when behind the steering wheel of a car. The report also noted that while 62% of teen drivers support making it illegal to text message while driving, many of them are in favor of technology that would make it safe to do so. Cell phone use is now the number one medium of communication for teenagers.

As we blogged about in an earlier post on our Chicago car accident attorney blog site, two other studies have found that teen drivers who either owned a vehicle or can use one whenever they want to were more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle crash than young drivers who had limited access to a vehicle and/or whose parents supervised their driving habits.

Clearly there are ways to prevent Chicago car accidents involving teen drivers from happening.

Vlingo Reveals New Data Regarding Teen Driver Distractions as Nation Prepares for National Teen Driver Safety Week, Reuters, October 19, 2009

National Teen Driver Safety Week, Keeping Young Drivers Safe

Related Web Resources:
Teen Driving: Safety Tips for Parents, Make It Better, October 2009

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Contact our Chicago car accident law firm to explore your legal options.

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