New strategies are being used to raise teen driver awareness

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2018 | Car Accidents |

Parents and teachers of young Georgia drivers may be interested in the results of a novel approach advocated by researchers involved in a study designed to examine the merits of integrative instruction when it comes to changing the unsafe driving habits regularly employed by youthful drivers. Statistics show that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. A close examination of additional numbers helps reveal why teens are at such high risk.

Teenage drivers are statistically more likely than the general population to engage in excessive speeding while driving. They also are more inclined to drink and drive and combine the use of illegal drugs with driving. Such behavior combined with texting, loud music and a car full of friends creates a potentially deadly cocktail that is only exacerbated by the general lack of experience that hinders even the safest young drivers.

Researchers at Baylor University in Texas created a class designed to bring teen drivers a type of shock therapy with visits to intensive care units, emergency rooms and even a hospital morgue. The hope is that such a program would bring home the deadly consequences of even momentary distractions. The good news is that teens completing the program demonstrated a higher level of awareness regarding high-risk behaviors and their consequences. The bad news is that the awareness may not translate to safer habits, and more research is required.

Whenever there is an accident, there is a high risk of permanent consequences for injured victims. Consulting a qualified and experienced car accident lawyer can give victims an idea about their options and strategies for making the best of a bad situation. Medical bills, property damage and loss of income are all things commonly experienced by accident victims, and experienced lawyers understand how to navigate the insurance claim process in the most efficient manner possible.


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