Tracking Devices to Protect Young Drivers
Most teenagers cannot wait to get their driver’s license. While they look forward to the freedom being able to drive can bring, their parents dread having to wait up for them to come home, worrying that they may have been involved in an accident. Parents’ concerns about their young drivers are valid, and teenagers are at a greater risk of being involved in an accident and suffering serious, potentially fatal car accident injuries than any other age group. If you are the parent of a young driver, here is what you need to know about the risks teen drivers face, as well as the latest devices to give you peace of mind when your teenager is out on the road.
Teen Driving Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in our country, and approximately six teenagers a day in the U.S. die as the result of car accident injuries. The CDC states that the most common causes for teen driving accidents include the following:
- General lack of experience
- Failure to recognize hazardous condition or to know how to react to them
- Tendency to engage in risky driving behaviors such as tailgating and speeding
- More easily distracted by friends, stereos, and cell phones while driving
- Using alcohol or drugs while behind the wheel
According to the CDC, the risks for being involved in a serious and potentially fatal car accident are the highest for teens within the first six months of them having their license.
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Tracking Devices for Teenage Drivers
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Reports now states that rather than sitting home simply worrying about their teen drivers, parents can take a more active role in making sure teen driving accidents do not occur. GPS enabled car tracking devices can now allow parents to monitor their teenagers during actual drive time, checking things such as speed, acceleration, brake times, as well as enabling mom and dad to follow the locations at which their teens are driving. Parents can monitor their child through a website, and receive alerts if the device is turned off or disconnected. The devices cost roughly $100, while monthly subscription rates vary from $20 up. You can check out tracking devices and ratings by visiting the Consumer Reports website.
Reach Out to Us Today for Assistance
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured as the result of a car accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys provide the effective and professional legal representation you need to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. We can advise you on the types of damages that may be available in your case through a personal injury lawsuit, as well as assist you in dealing with insurance companies and claims.