NHTSA Encourages Parents to Talk to Children about Driving Safety

This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration marks National Teen Driver Safety Week between October 18 and 24. During This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages parent to, talk about one particular traffic safety topic every day of the week with their teenage driver.

These topics include driving under the influence of alcohol, texting while driving, speeding, driving with extra teen passengers in the car, and texting while driving. These are some of the most important and critical factors involved in teen injuries and fatalities in car accidents every year.

In fact, auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teens between the ages of 15 and 20 in the United States. In 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 2,600 teen car drivers who were involved in fatal accidents. About 130,000 drivers were injured in these accidents.

However, other surveys conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that many parents continue to avoid talking about driving safety with their teenage child. Only about a quarter of parents in one survey had brought up the topic of driving safety with their child. It’s important to discuss not just the need to avoid driving practices like driving under the influence of alcohol and texting while driving, but also to discuss key safety components.

Here are some other tips that Denver car accident lawyer suggest. Drive regularly with your child, and use these driving sessions to teach your child to recognize accident cues, and other important safety practices.

Most importantly, follow safe driving practices yourself. Your advice to your teenage child about avoiding texting while driving is no good if your child sees you frequently texting while driving.

For help filing a car accident claim after an accident, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.