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Teens need to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving

Do teen drivers really understand the dangers of texting while driving? Based on safety campaign commercials, it appears teenagers still don't understand the risks. Safety groups and many other organizations continue to raise awareness to the dangers of texting while driving, and many of their advertisements are targeted towards teens.

All ages of drivers are at risk for texting and driving. However, numerous studies have found that teenagers continue to use their cellphones behind the wheel. Since motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States, it makes sense that safety groups continue to increase awareness to the hazards of distracted driving. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 10 percent of fatal car accidents involving teen drivers were caused by distracted driving. Teens have the highest percentage of fatal accidents attributed to distracted driving, highlighting the serious dangers they face.

In addition to the risks posed by using a cellphone behind the wheel, teens also have less experience and are more likely to take risks while driving like not wearing a seat belt or speeding. These factors all increase the risk of being in an accident and put everyone on the road at risk. 

Parents and teens need to be aware of the risks of using a cellphone while driving along with the other types of distractions that can significantly impact one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Cellphone use and distracted driving can not only lead to serious risks on the road but also legal issues for the driver responsible for an accident. Victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver to help pay for their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. 

If you have been the victim of a distracted driving accident, consulting an attorney is one of the first steps you should take to help you explore all of your options. 

Source: News Journal, "Teen driver safety important this time of year," Kaitlin Durbin, April 23, 2015

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