New Hampshire Teens and Night time Driving
Are you a parent of a teenage driver? Are you worried every time they get behind the wheel, especially at night? A recent study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute suggests that this concern may be well placed.
Many parents of teenage drivers share the same anxiety. Parents know that a New Hampshire car accident can lead to a serious injury and potentially have a catastrophic impact on their child’s future. A teen driver can suffer a debilitating injury that can prohibit him or her from ever having a family or a job.
The study shows that teenagers who drive at night are not only at risk of being seriously injured, but face a greater danger of becoming fatally injured. The study took a look at fatal accidents involving 16 to 19-year-old drivers from 1999-2008.
The study concluded that the proportion of fatal nighttime crashes involving this age bracket increased by 10 percent. Many assume that alcohol and speed are the main culprits. However, experts believe that the major contributing factor is that nighttime teen drivers are becoming distracted.
Teens are using handheld cell phone devices and are receiving calls, sending calls and texting while behind the wheel. This could have a serious impact on their ability to navigate road hazards, especially at night.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Vermont or New Hampshire auto accident, you should contact one of our experienced New Hampshire car accident attorneys at the law offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau, PLLC at (603) 556-4148.