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How can teens prevent car accidents?

Over the years, it has been proven that the crash risk for teenage drivers is higher than those in an older age bracket. Even though this may be true in New Jersey and other states, it is important to realize that there are steps teen drivers can take to remain safer on the roadway.

Above all else, teen drivers should focus on the task at hand at all times. This means no distractions in the vehicle, including talking on the cellphone, texting and conversing with passengers.

Moving on, teenage drivers should learn to obey all the rules of the road, especially the speed limit. The faster a person is driving, the less time he or she has to react in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as a mistake made by another driver.

Nighttime driving can bring a whole new set of circumstances, especially for inexperienced drivers. By logging hours at night with an experienced driver, teens can get a better feel for the road.

Finally, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia notes that teen drivers and their parents should be familiar with the Graduated Driver Licensing laws in their particular state.

As unfortunate as it may be, even when a teenage driver is following the rules of the road, they could be involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver. As a result, the teen and his or her passengers could be injured or killed.

If a teen driver is injured in an accident, his or her parents may wish to learn more about their legal rights by consulting with a personal injury attorney.

Source: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, "Car Accident Prevention" Oct. 16, 2014

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