Parental Involvement and Protecting Teen Drivers

The number of fatal crashes involving 16- and 17-year old drivers dropped by more than a third between 2004 and 2008, but this doesn’t mean that parents and teens should be satisfied with the progress, according to a report www.cdc.gov/mmwr by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov. Las Vegas auto accident attorney Laura Hunt agrees with the authorities that parents play a key role in coaching teens and instilling good driving habits, ultimately contributing to lowering the number of fatalities.

The report shows that auto accidents still remain the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, though most are preventable. Graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs, which help new drivers gain skills under low-risk conditions, are widely credited with contributing to the drop in deadly crashes involving teens, it says.

Nationally, the number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers involved in fatal auto accidents decreased by 36 percent, from 2,230 in 2004 to 1,437 in 2008.

Las Vegas auto accident attorney Laura Hunt stresses the importance of parental involvement in protecting teen drivers. She completely agrees with the report saying that, “Parents should set and enforce their rules of road, restricting their teens’ nighttime driving and the number of teen passengers they are allowed to drive with. They should also put these rules into writing with a parent-teen safe driving agreement.”

Contact the offices of Laura Hunt at (702) 450-4868 for all your auto accident and wrongful death needs.

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