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Officials Concerned Over Sudden Increase in Teen Driver Deaths

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 3, 2012

The number of teens who lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2011 jumped up over previous years, when it had been steadily declining, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The sudden spike has many traffic safety officials concerned, since it deviates from the norm and means that more teenage drivers are dying and possibly injuring others on the road as a result.

Overall, the number of teen driver deaths increased 11 percent in 2011 over 2010. The increase in deaths was the highest for 16-year-old drivers, followed closely by deaths of 17-year-old drivers. Twenty-three states saw their teen driver death rates go up, and eight states and Washington, D.C. saw no changes. Nineteen states saw decreases, indicating that teen driver safety and training programs in these states may be doing something that works more effectively to protect teens than other states. Read the rest »

Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Driving Deaths

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 27, 2012

Teen Car Accidents SeattleTeenagers suffer serious injuries and deaths in car accidents at a rate four times higher than the general population, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these accidents are due to inexperience, which prevents teens from making the right call in an emergency situation – even if their driving is not what originally causes the emergency.

The first step in helping protect your teen on the road is to extend your teen’s supervised driving time. Most driver education programs require teens to practice driving with a parent or other licensed adult in the car, but you can help your teen get crucial experience by logging more hours than the minimum required for a license as your teen’s supervising parent in the car. Adding night driving hours also helps teens gain important experience. Read the rest »

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