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Parents -- A Vital Role in Teen Driver Safety

December 31, 1969

Four teenagers were killed in a recent car accident in California City. According to KGET, the vehicle was heading west on Highway 58 at night when it happened. The young driver slammed into the center divider of the highway just about 3 miles from California City Boulevard. The car flipped a number of times. Two teens were ejected from the vehicle. Four were killed and a fifth was transported to a local hospital and treated for critical injuries.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand the risks that our newly-licensed drivers face along our roadways. Unfortunately, traffic accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for this young age group. That's why officials with the California Department of Motor Vehicles designed an entire web portal for teenage drivers. With this website, we're asking parents to be the enforcer. Officials with the DOT even offer a Parent-Teen Training Guide. We're asking you to review safe driving habits and importance with your teen today. With spring break, prom and graduation right around the corner, our teens are going to be spending more time behind the wheel. Let's work to keep them safe out there.

Review the following to get an idea on what you can be doing with your teen driver to help to become a better, safe and more reliable driver out there. Your actions could wind up saving their life.

What's the parents' role in a teen driver's career?

-To get familiar with the state's Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program and laws.

-To talk with teens regularly about the risks associated with irresponsible driving habits.

-To create a Parent-Teen Driving Contract to lay down household driving rules. Make sure you lay out clear expectations you have of your teen. Include consequences for failing to meet these expectations.

-Provide your young drivers with plenty of supervised driving time to make sure they're advancing correctly.

-Be a good role model. Always be on your best behavior behind the wheel when your teen is riding along with you. You want to make sure you're setting the safest and most responsible example possible.

-Make sure you abide by the state's GDL laws and enforce them within your household. These laws are only effective when they're enforced.

In 2010, there were close to 2,000 teenage drivers killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an additional 200,000 teen drivers injured in traffic accidents during that year. In the state of California, there were more than 110 young drivers killed. Many of these accidents, injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if we were doing a better job at educating them of the right and wrong ways to go about driving. Be sure to keep safe driving habits as a frequent topic of conversation in your household. Reinforcing safe driving habits will help to shape their safe driving habits for a lifetime.

If you or the teen driver in your family has been injured in a car accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925.

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