A parent letting their teen take the car out for the first time alone is understandably nervous. The teen likely feels like they’re a safe driver and their parent is far too worried, but the adult knows the statistics. They know that teens have the highest fatal crash rate of any age group and that they get involved in far too many car accidents.
You can find many reasons for this high crash rate, and some can be avoided. Texting while driving causes a lot of accidents, for instance, as does driving with peers. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to their teens and having them agree to follow safe driving practices.
The role of experience
One major problem, though, is that teens are inexperienced drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists this lack of experience as one of the main reasons for the high crash rates among teens.
Parents can talk with teens about their lack of experience. They can explain how teens may not react as quickly or may not recognize hazards. They can ask them to take special precautions behind the wheel and to be aware of the risks.
However, there is nothing to be done for the actual issue: that lack of experience. Time behind the wheel is the only cure. Teens have to learn on the road.
Unfortunately, this means that teens will cause accidents while learning. Those who are injured in these accidents need to know how to seek the compensation they need to cover expenses for medical treatment, physical therapy and more. An experienced attorney can help.