New Series of Videos Created by Teens Encourages Safe Driving

safe drivingTeens are helping to create high-impact videos in an attempt to help influence their peers to drive in a safe and responsible manner.

The United States Department of Transportation and Bridestone Americas are working together to take these videos and release them as a series. The videos are being submitted as entrance into the 2012 Teens Drive Smart Video Contest. They will then be sent to television stations throughout the country as public service announcements.

Statistics Regarding Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has repeatedly released information regarding the dangers of distracted driving, especially the dangers related to young drivers.

For example, 11 percent of drivers who were under 20 and were involved in fatal automotive accidents were reported as being distracted when the accident occurred. This percentage is the highest percentage of distracted drivers of all demographics.

Another study conducted by the Pew Research Center reported that 40 percent of American teens said that they had been in a vehicle in which the driver was using a cell phone while driving in a manner that posed a danger to them. In 2008 alone, distracted driving resulted in 515,000 personal injuries. During this same time period, 5,870 fatalities were the result of distracted driving.

Plans to Protect Young Drivers

The public service announcements are designed to prevent future accidents from occurring. Having their peers talk to them may have a greater impact on teens than having adults disseminate the information. Due to car accidents being the leading cause of death for young people in the United States, an attempt is being made to curtail dangerous activities like texting and driving. Parents can also make a dramatic impact on teen driving habits by encouraging teens to be safe drivers. Leading by example can also help teach teens how to become safer drivers.

Seeking Legal Assistance

When a distracted driver causes an accident, the victim or his or her family may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. If you have been injured in an automobile accident that was caused by a teen driver or a distracted driver, you can schedule a confidential consultation with a Tampa personal injury attorney to discuss your case and to determine whether you have a viable claim.

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