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Huntsville Automobile Accident Attorneys Teenage Drivers

Huntsville Automobile Accident Attorneys Teenage Drivers: According to a 2014 report by the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers. In 2011, approximately 2,600 teenagers lost their lives in an automobile accident; this works out to around 7 teens, aged between 16-19, dying from injuries sustained in a car wreck every day. Moreover, over 250,000 received treatment in an Emergency Room following a car crash.

AAA reports that between 2004-2008, 708 teenagers in Alabama (between 15-19) were killed in traffic accidents and another 38,223 sustained personal injuries. In Alabama, teens make up around 7% of our population, but account for 13% of traffic fatalities. The statistics break down to 21 deaths or injuries among teens every day in Alabama; almost one every hour.

Nearly 1 out of every 5 traffic fatalities in Alabama involved a teenager.

Teenager drivers lack the experience and skill older drivers have developed and as a result, they are more likely to be involved in an automobile accident. Of the 18,925 car wrecks caused by teenage drivers in 2008, roughly 70% of the teenage drivers made some mistake or took some action which caused the automobile accident. Speeding, following too closely and distracted driving are the leading cause of teenage wrecks. Additionally, while it is illegal for minors to drink, all too often a teenager will have a few beers and think they are fine to driver because they are too immature to think through what they are doing.

Teens are more wont to take risks while driving. They really do think that they will live forever and won't be hurt; unfortunately, they are wrong.

Teenagers really should not drive at night, as 4 out of 10 teenage deaths in motor vehicle wrecks occur between 9 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Also, according to a number of studies, the risk of an automobile accident rises sharply depending on the number of teenage passengers in the automobile. The teen driver may think "the more the merrier," but stats show a different story.

Set strict guidelines for your teen being able to drive. They will most likely complain and say "everyone else does it," but your number one priority is ensuring their safety. You are not there to be their "BFF," you are their parent and you love them more than anyone. Don't worry; they will learn to appreciate everything you do for them.

If you were injured in an automobile accident in North Alabama* and you have questions about your rights, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced attorneys at Powell and Denny today.

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Huntsville Automobile Accident Attorneys Teenage Drivers

* includes Cherokee County, Colbert County, DeKalb County, Franklin County, Jackson County, Lauderdale County, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Madison County, Marshall County, Morgan County and Winston County, Alabama

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