According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for teenagers between 15 and 18 years of age. Last year, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security reported that there were 45,846 young adult drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age involved in Tennessee traffic crashes. In 2017, 55 teenage drivers were fatally injured in their crashes. Already in 2018, from January through mid-September, there have been 53 teenage traffic deaths throughout Tennessee.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21 – October 27. This week is meant to spread awareness and spark conversations between parents and young adults about staying safe while behind the wheel.
If you are a parent, one of the best things you can do to teach your kids safe driving behaviors is to practice safe driving behaviors yourself. In addition, positive conversations and reminders can address multiple dangers for teenagers. Subjects could include inconsistent seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and underage drinking and driving.
For more resources about teen driver safety, you can visit NHTSA’s website.
At Myers & Ball, LLP, we want you and your family to stay safe. It is not too late to teach our children safety tips for driving. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great week to start.
Has Your Teen Been Injured in a Car Crash?
If your teenager has been injured in a car crash (often referred to as an accident), you may be able to pursue compensation. Our car accident attorneys can help you establish your case’s worth and your available legal options. We can help you fight for a fair settlement with insurance companies.
Many people believe that hiring an attorney means court will be involved. Most car accident cases are settled outside of court. However, if need be, we will represent our clients and their families in court aggressively. We have dedicated our legal careers to help the wrongfully injured. Call Myers & Ball, LLP at (423) 248-1023 or contact us online.