Car Accidents as a Result of Distracted Teens
The NHTSA has released reports before that indicate the cause of death among teens is because of vehicle crashes. This for the age group between 15 to 20 years. Up to a third of the deaths in this age group are a result of being involved in car accidents. It is the reason we have to advise our teens to take care while driving.
Why is this happening? Most are attributed to their reckless behavior while driving and inexperience behind the wheel. These two combined puts the teen drivers in a situation where they can have a hard time controlling the car. Before they know it, they end up in major collisions leading to death or serious injuries.
The use of cellphones has been the major cause of teen driving distractions. This is because using cellphone technology has been on the rise and teens cannot seem to put down their phones. The worst is that they will keep using their phones even while driving.
Based on several research companies, the use of cellphones has increased tremendously over the last decade or so. Right now, 72% of teens aged between 12 to 17 years now have smartphones as compared to 42% of teens in 2004. Since teens are constantly on their phones texting each other, it should be more reason to see it as a distraction. Texting while driving is no brainer stands out as one of the most dangerous activities teens or any other person can do.
To understand just how bad this is, the Pew Research Center conducted a study on teen drivers to understand more about their driving style and why so many accidents. It turns out that one in every four teen drivers has texted while driving. That is quite a huge number of American teen drivers texting while driving. Also, about 48% of teens have been passengers with another teen driver who texted while driving. It should be easy to see why teen drivers will continue to lead in terms of causing accidents.
Since this seems a major problem, there is a need for proper sensitization on the issue, especially among teen drivers. This kind of distracted driving has claimed a lot of lives in the past and will continue to do so if nothing changes. As of now, 500,000 people get injured with 6,000 people dying because of texting or simply using their phones while driving. If no one is going to come out and address this issue, then we can only expect the numbers to increase.
It is about time that we realized distracted driving is a serious problem and start addressing it. Educating the public on overall, not just teens can go a long way to keep distracted driving to a minimum.