According to the American Academy for Pediatrics, your teen driver is:
When teen passengers are along for the ride
- Twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident when another teen is present
- Five times as likely when there are two or more peers riding with them
A new study conducted by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reveals what teens are saying about the distractions that led up to their accidents:
What teens are reporting
- Of the males, 71 percent say they were distracted by their passengers
- Of the females, 47 percent report the same thing
According to the CHOP study, boys tended to crash due to driving aggressively, such as speeding, reckless driving, and performing illegal maneuvers. Girls tended to become distracted by talking with their friends and using electronic devices.
How these distractions play out
It’s reasonable to conclude that it is safer for your teen driver to drive alone and without their friends in the car. The less distractions your child faces, the safer they will be.
Should your teen drive alone
If you or your teen has been injured in a car accident resulting from a distracted driver, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.