Utah Ranks in the Top 10 in Safe Teen Driving
As a parent of a teenager, you’re constantly on the lookout for possible dangers. Driving is both a rite of passage and a huge responsibility that Utah teenagers take on. Tragically, car accidents are the leading cause of death among Utah teenagers and teens nationwide.
On March 18, 2010, US News Media Group published its findings for teen driver safety in its report Best States for Teen Drivers, which will be featured in the April Issue of US News and World Report Magazine. US News gathered government statistics on the 11 variables that affect teen driving safety including safety belt use, teen DUI/DWI, distract driving, cell phone use, average vehicle miles traveled per teen and the number of teenagers that have a driver’s license in each state. The report also examined each state’s road safety conditions including driving laws, road conditions and weather.
The US News Best State for Teen Drivers is as follows:
1. District of Columbia
6. New Jersey
Statistics on Fatal Utah Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Teenagers
The Violence, Injury Prevention Program (VIPP), of the Utah Department of Health, confirms that Utah automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for Utah teenagers ages 15-19 years old. Each year, Utah car crashes result in the deaths of 40 teens, 330 hospitalizations and 5,400 emergency department visits each year for Utah teenagers.
• Utah Teens account for only 7% of Utah Drives; however, they are involved in 27% of all motor vehicle crashes in Utah and 18% of all fatal Utah car accidents.
These grave statistics demonstrate the dire need for Utah residents to take action in solving why teenagers are disproportionately prone to being involved and even killed in car accidents. As skilled Utah personal injury and auto accident attorneys, we have seen the catastrophic effects of teenage car accidents on families and communities. According to a recent Allstate Foundation study, parents are the #1 most important driving influence on teenagers.
A Call to Action to Utah Parents
• Enforce Concept that Driving is a Privilege
-Studies show that teenagers obey and respect their parents when adequate rules and consequences are established. Parents have a huge influence on the safety of their children.
• Set Teen Driving Rules
-No Cell Phones. Period. Utah distracted driving accidents are preventable.
-Always wear seat belts. Passengers must always wear their seat belts too.
• Early Curfew-Drowsy Driving is a leading contributing factor to 80% of Utah Accidents.
Why You Need the Best Salt Lake City Car Accidents Lawyers
Dealing with insurance companies is frustrating and the consequences of the decisions you make will affect your child’s future. It is important for parents and guardians of injured teenagers to get legal guidance ASAP from experienced Salt Lake City Injury and Car Accident attorneys. If your child was injured in the State of Utah, you can turn to the Christensen Law Firm, PLLC.
Call today for a free consultation: (801)506-0800.