BUFFALO, N.Y. – As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, parents and teens are being reminded about how dangerous and deadly vehicles can be – especially when the driver is preoccupied or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A Buffalo car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says distractions and inexperience can often lead serious car wrecks; and debilitating injuries.
“There are so many distractions today that can take a young driver’s eyes and mind off the road and these distractions have led to serious crashes in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Stephen Ciocca said. “When a driver isn’t putting their complete attention on the road – they don’t just put themselves at risk but others who use the road could also sustain critical injuries if they’re hit by a distracted driver.”
Although teen car crashes and fatalities have been declining, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for teenagers and lawyers say distractions are usually a factor.
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly a million teen drivers were involved in car crashes in 2013 alone. Nearly 40 percent of these accidents resulted in injury or death.
The most common factors that lead to these crashes included:
- Driving too fast for road conditions (79% of single-vehicle crashes)
- Decision errors (66% of all crashes)
- Inattention (58% of all crashes)
Of the teen drivers not paying attention the roadway, researchers found a variety of distractions were at the root of a crash:
- Interaction with other teen passengers (35% of all crashes)
- Cell phone use (12% of all crashes)
- Singing or dancing to music (8% of all crashes)
- Grooming (6% of all crashes)
Buffalo car accident lawyers say in some crashes, a teenager could be doing multiple tasks. Attorneys hope to raise a teen’s awareness of the risks and responsibility involved with operating a motor vehicle.
National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 18 through Oct. 24.