Here are a couple of sobering facts to commemmerate National Teen Driver Safety Week, which will fall on October 15th through October 21st this year:

  • Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens from 15 to 18 years old in the United States of America. This places them ahead of death caused by any other type of injury, disease, or violence.

  • Approximately 99,000 teenage drivers were injured in auto accidents every year.

There isn't really good news about the endlessly sad subject of driving accidents involving young men and women in their formative years. Howver, The United States Department of Transportation's Traffic Safety Marketing division has created a "5 to Drive" set of rules to live by for teen drivers. If followed, they can drastically reduce the causes of auto accidents involving teenagers.

  1. Turn off your cell phone.
  2. Do not drive with more than one friend in the car.
  3. Do not speed.
  4. No driving while intoxicated.
  5. Wear your seatbelt.

The vast majority of teen driving fatalities involve a failure to adopt one or more of the rules, above. We know that teaching a teenager to driver is very often an unpleasant experience, but it's important that parents and driving instructors don't think they are finished until they have emphasized and re-emphasized the importance of the five rules.

Please feel free to contact Law Office of George Martin for more information about personal injury law from Bakersfield's car accident attorneys or visit the Traffic Safety Marketing website for all the official campaign materials, facts, and figures.

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