Teens, Passengers and Distracted Driving on Mississippi Roads
Teens are new at driving, and thus, rarely skilled behind the wheel. New drivers do not have the decades of experience on the road that adults have. Like many other things in the life of a young adult, , they are still learning. However, making mistakes while operating a car is dangerous not just to the teen driving and their passengers, but to everyone else on the road.
Even worse though is that a teen driver is not just more likely to be involved in an accident than their adult counterpart, but that they are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviors on the road, especially if in the company of someone their own age.
Passengers and Teen Drivers Do Not Mix
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers in the United States. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. The chief reason is that teen drivers may be distracted, often texting or using a cell phone while driving. Furthermore, passengers in a vehicle with a teen driver produce a certain effect, which often leads to serious accidents:
- More fatal teen crashes occur when other passengers, especially other teens, are in the car with a teenage driver.
- Over half of teens that died as passengers were in vehicles driven by other teens.
- The crash risk, and risk of being killed in a crash, increases as the number of young passengers in a vehicle increases.
- Male teen drivers with passengers are more likely to drive aggressively before a crash.
- Male teen drivers are six times more likely to perform an illegal maneuver when driving with peers in the car.
Many states, including Mississippi, (please list a cite for this) restrict the number of people that teen drivers can have in their vehicles. In Mississippi, drivers under the age of 18 can carry only one passenger under the age of 21 who is not a family member. However, despite this restriction, many teens may be inclined to give rides to their friends, packing their car over the legal limit. It is up to parents to instill good behaviors in teen drivers, teaching them responsibility and making sure that they do not drive while distracted.
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A car accident can be one of the most traumatic experiences of a teenager’s life. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can sit down with you and explain your rights. Contact our offices today for a free initial consultation at (228)-374-9787 or visit us online.