When a teenager in New Jersey gets their driver’s license, they are usually focused on the excitement and privilege of driving. Parents are the ones who tend to be more worried about safety. New research reveals how concerned parents are and how common distracted driving is among teenagers.
Almost 900 parents were involved in the study, which was conducted at the University of Michigan. They all had teenagers that ranged between 14 and 18. Parents were asked to respond to questions about their actions and attitudes regarding teen driving. Around 40% were especially concerned about their teenagers being in the car with other teens. About 40% were worried about cell phone usage, and over 45% were concerned about teenagers driving with loud music playing.
Because teenagers have minimal experience, parents are also concerned about the disadvantage this presents when there are changes in driving and road conditions. Many parents prohibit their teens from driving late at night or when there is inclement weather. In fact, nearly 70 percent of the parents limit their teenagers from driving at night.
Parents can help their teenagers reduce accidents by helping them to avoid common situations where teen drivers can become distracted. Both teen passengers and teen drivers should speak up when unsafe activities are taking place, like cell phone usage.
Distracted driving often causes car accidents. When an individual is injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, speaking with a personal injury attorney could be wise. The attorney could provide legal advice on determining who is at fault and help the client get the compensation they deserve.