You’re twice as likely to crash if you text while driving.
That’s no joking matter. Today’s teenage and young adult drivers are faced with more distractions than ever. From cell phones, text messages, social media and countless apps that keep them busy, it is easier than ever for them to take their eyes off the road.
According to the government website Distraction.gov, in 2010, 3,092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, and an estimated 416,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
At Bagwell Insurance Group, we want to help arm you with the data you need to educate your young driver, by talking to them, so that everyone is better prepared to hit the roadways.
Mile for mile, teenage drivers are at greatest risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents, Sixteen-year-olds, who have the least driving experience and tend to take chances, are particularly vulnerable, Below are some characteristics of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers. Percentage of fatal crashes by characteristic, 2006:
|Driver Age||16 ||17 – 19 ||20 – 49 |
Compared to other drivers, fatal accidents involving 16-year-olds are more likely to:
The fatal crash rate of 16-year-olds is about twice as high at night compared with during the day and most teenagers killed in crashes aren’t using their safety belts.
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