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Teenage driving safety event

National Teen Driver Safety Week took place in mid-October. However, parents in South Carolina and around the country should promote safe driving habits to their children throughout the year. A 2016 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows that teenage drivers had the greatest increase in crash fatalities in 2015 with a 10 percent jump over the previous year. Teenagers are also nearly three times more likely to be killed in a vehicle accident than other age groups.

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that motor vehicle deaths overall increased by 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. One of the reasons for the increase appears to be distracted driving. According to the study, deaths due to distracted drivers increased by 8.8 percent, which was more than the increases for other categories of deaths caused by human behavior, including not wearing seat belts at 4.9 percent, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol at 3.2 percent and speeding at 3 percent.

These statistics may not reflect the true prevalence of distracted driving. It is believed that a significant percentage of vehicle accidents that are the result of distracted drivers is not reported. In fact, the results of a 2015 study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate that distracted driving is likely to be the primary factor in over half of serious teen crashes.

Human error has been found to be the cause of the overwhelming majority of motor vehicle accidents. A person who has been injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver may want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses. If the at-fault motorist was a teenager, there may be a possibility of the driver's parents been held financially responsible.

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