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50% of Teen, Young Driver Car Accident Fatalities Linked to Pot, Alcohol

Friday, January 16, 2015

Alcohol and marijuana use seriously increase the risk of accidents involving teen and young adult drivers. According to new statistics, approximately 50% of teen and young adult motorists, who are fatally injured in car accidents, are driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol or a combination of both.

The findings were based on an analysis of accident data in those states where it is mandated to conduct toxicology screening tests on fatal accident victims. The study found that accident victims above the age of 21 and of legally drinking age, were much more likely than younger victims to have used a combination of alcohol and marijuana, just before the accident. This seems to prove that even when people are of the legal age for drinking alcohol, it doesn't reduce their risk of engaging in destructive driving practices that include both marijuana and alcohol.

The researchers also found that more than half of the young motorists, who died in the accidents, were either high on marijuana, or drunk at the time of the accident. About 6.8% of the victims tested had alcohol in their systems at the time of the accident, while 5.9% had traces of marijuana. 7.6% had used both marijuana and alcohol before the accident.

The researchers were also looking for evidence to indicate that lowering the minimum drinking age from 21 to 18, would lead to a reduction in the use of marijuana among young adults. They found that this was not the case at all. Rather, they found that lowering the drinking age could actually lead to increased consumption of a combination of alcohol and marijuana by young drivers.

Accidents involving teen and young drivers typically tend to involve speeding and aggressive driving. If you have recently suffered injuries in an accident, speak to a Burbank car accident lawyer about filing a claim for compensation.

Distractions Contribute to Teen Pedestrian Accidents

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As many as three -quarters of all teenage pedestrian accident fatalities occur between the hours of 7 PM and 7 AM. That information came from a new report by Safe Kids, which surveyed teenagers and their walking practices.

As many as 50% of the teenagers admitted that they often crossed the street while using a mobile device. Those findings are alarming to Burbank pedestrian accident lawyers because teenagers are at a high risk of accidents when they are distracted while they are walking.

Teenagers who had been in an accident or nearly been in an accident also frequently reported crossing in the middle of a block. Teenagers need to be taught safe walking practices, and those include walking only at a marked crosswalk. The survey included 1,000 teenagers, and out of these, 40% said that they had been struck or almost struck by a car, motorcycle or bicycle while walking.

At least 50 percent of the teenagers admitted that they walk outside in the dark at least sometimes. That could also explain why so many pedestrian accident fatalities, or 75% of them involve teenagers walking outside between 7 PM and 7 AM.

The study also found that there is a teen pedestrian injury every hour somewhere in the country. In 2012, there were 284 teen pedestrian fatalities across the United States. Another 10,000 teen pedestrians were injured in these accidents. It's as important to teach the teenagers the safe ways of walking, as it is to teach young children safe practices. Teach your children that if they need to use a cell phone while walking, they must stop walking, and find a safe place to do so.

Teens need to avoid using headphones as much as possible when they're walking, and must never use headphones when they're crossing the street. Teenagers must cross at crosswalks, or using traffic signals, or at corners. Always use sidewalks for walking.

Summer Driving Risks for Teenage Drivers

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Drivers below the age of 19 are at a much higher risk of being involved in accidents over the summer. In fact, the 100 -day period between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays account for some of the most dangerous days of the year for teenage drivers. A teenage driver’s risk of being killed in an accident during these 100 days is higher than it is during the other days of the year.

Summer is when parents need to get much more serious about setting limitations on their children's driving. As a responsible parent, you no doubt have conversations about your children driving safely. It's time to have those conversations in time for summer. If you haven't already done so, it is also time to sign a parent-teen driving agreement with your child. This agreement should include all safe driving rules. Also include penalties that will apply, if those rules are violated. A parent-teen driving agreement helps your child understand that driving is a privilege, not a right. It involves responsibilities that must be taken seriously.

Reduce the amount of time that your child spends driving with friends. It isn't easy to do this, but as a parent, you have to set down strict limitations. Nonessential driving is one reason why teen accident fatalities spike during the summer months. Driving around aimlessly with teenage passengers increases dangerous driving behaviors, and teenagers are also much more likely to be distracted by their friends’ conversations. That's one of the reasons why California's novice driver laws set the limitations on teen passengers.

The long hot days of summer don't have to be this dangerous for teenage drivers. As a parent, you can do much to protect your child.

Study Points to Beneficial Effects of GDL Laws on Novice Driving Skills

Monday, January 06, 2014

Earlier research has confirmed the benefits of graduated driver’s licensing programs in helping keep novice drivers safe. New research by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the University Of North Carolina also confirms this fact.

The research used fatal accident data from between 1986 and 2007, and analyzed the data to see the impact of various components of Graduated Driver’s Licensing programs across the nation.

The researchers found that the rate of fatal accidents for 16 to 17-year-olds, were approximately 21% lower when the permit holding period dropped from 9 to 12 months. When these novice drivers had a passenger restriction of no more than one passenger in the car during this period, there was an approximately 50% reduction in fatal accident rates.

An intermediate license age of 16 ½ to 17 years led to a reduction in the fatal accident rate for 16-year-olds, but there was no discernible effect on the accident rate for 17-year-olds. Also, when nighttime driving restrictions for novice drivers prevented these motorists from driving after 10 PM, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate.

The study also found that when minimum learner permit holding periods were extended to at least five months, there was a significant reduction in the fatal crash rate. However, when the minimum learner permit holding period was extended to between nine and 12 months, the reduction was much greater.

What Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers found really surprising was that when the passenger restriction included a limit of just one passenger in the car, there was a much greater reduction in the fatal crash rate, compared to rules that banned passengers altogether from the car. This could be because teenage drivers are much more likely to comply with a one-passenger restriction, than with a no-passenger restriction.



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