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The Dangers of Teenage Driving and How to Protect Them

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The Dangers of Teenage Driving and How to Protect ThemThe summer is a time of year when many teens are learning how to drive and getting their driver’s license. While teens may be excited by this life development, parents have reason to be concerned about their safety. Drivers ages 16 to 19 are more likely to be in a vehicle accident than any other age group in the U.S. In 2016, more than 2,400 teens in the U.S. were killed in motor vehicle accidents and almost 300,000 were treated for personal injuries. As a parent, you need to be aware of the dangers that teenage drivers face and how you can protect them.


The main reason that teenage drivers are involved in more accidents is the most obvious reason: they lack driving experience. Beyond the technical aspects of operating a vehicle, learning to drive is about making quick judgment calls. Teen drivers are more likely to:

  • Drive at speeds that are unsafe for the conditions;
  • Misjudge how they need to react to a hazard;
  • Become distracted by digital devices or friends in the vehicle; and
  • Forget to wear their seatbelts.

Teens may also make poor decisions before they start driving, such as drinking alcohol. Illinois has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. A teen driver with any amount of alcohol in their system is breaking the law. Even if a teen’s blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit for an adult, they may not be able to drive safely with that level of intoxication.

Parenting Solutions

Parents are the most common adults to accompany teens who are learning to drive while they have their permit. However, you should continue to teach your teen how to drive after they have earned their license. Ask to ride along with your teen somewhat regularly so you can continue to observe them, provide advice, and correct poor driving behavior. Make sure that your teen gains experience driving in more difficult conditions, such as nighttime or poor weather. Emphasize to your teen that driving is a privilege and not a right. The more they demonstrate that they can be responsible drivers, the more freedom you will give them.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

You cannot protect your teen driver at all times. If your teen is injured in an accident, you should not assume that your teen must have been at fault. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can determine whether another driver may be liable for your teen’s injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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