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    National Teen Driver Safety Week Begins on Sunday
    October 14 2022

    National Teen Driver Safety Week begins on Sunday, October 16 and runs through Saturday, October 22. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a time to focus on preventing teen injuries and deaths on the road. Read on as we discuss facts about teen driver fatalities and important rules of the road for teen drivers.

    We hope you and your teens stay safe on the road. If you or your teen are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    Time is of the essence when pursuing compensation in car accident cases. Don’t delay—have our Las Vegas accident lawyers review your case. Sometimes people avoid contacting an accident lawyer because they worry about cost. You don’t have to worry about affordability. Our attorneys don’t get paid unless they win your case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Teen Driver Fatalities

    The roads are dangerous for everyone and are especially dangerous for teen drivers. Teens are most at risk during their first few months of licensure. However, this population remains vulnerable even after gaining valuable driving experience. Consider the following information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

    • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States.
    • In 2020, there were 2,276 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver.
    • A majority of teen passenger vehicle drivers who died in 2020 were unbuckled.
    • In 2019, there were 2,042 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 628 deaths were the teen driver.

    We hope your teen stays safe on the road. If another driver injures your teen in a Las Vegas area accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Remember that insurance companies won’t take your teen’s side when it comes to receiving compensation for their injuries. Your teen needs an experienced car accident lawyer to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Rules of the Road for Teen Drivers

    Parents play an important role in keeping teens safe behind the wheel. One of the most important things a parent can do is talk to their teen about safe driving choices. This includes the rules of the road which are discussed below.

    Drive Sober

    Driving while impaired is never okay. Alcohol, drugs, and some medications can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.

    Remind your teen that underage drinking is illegal and that underage drinking and driving is dangerous and can be deadly. One in four car crashes with teens involve an underage drunk driver.

    Set an example for your teen by never drinking and driving. Talk to your teen about what to do if they suspect that a driver has been drinking alcohol. Your teen should never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Go over their options for getting home safely. Safe options include walking (if they are close) or calling a trusted adult for a ride.

    Always Buckle Up

    Your teen should always buckle up. Buckling up is the single most effective thing your teen can do to stay protected in a crash. Every person in the vehicle should buckle up, every trip. This rule starts with parents buckling up every time they are in the car and making sure all passengers are safely restrained.

    Pay Attention

    Paying attention is important to safe driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Distracted driving is driving while doing anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the task of safe driving. Phone use while driving is a major distraction. When discussing rules of the road make sure that your teen knows that they shouldn’t use a phone while driving.

    If a distracted driver injures you in Las Vegas, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Las Vegas Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Based in Henderson, Nevada, we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. We provide the level of expertise and knowledge you need to win your Las Vegas car accident case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Stay Awake

    Teens are busy. Between school, homework, activities, and friends, most teens don’t get enough sleep. This means that many teens are driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving causes accidents. Talk to your teen about the importance of not getting behind the wheel when they are tired. If your teen feels tired, go over their options for how to get home safely. This may include having someone else drive or calling a trusted adult for a ride home.

    Slow Down

    Speeding accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities in Nevada. In 2020, speeding was a factor in 31 percent of the passenger vehicle teen drivers (15-18 years old) involved in fatal crashes. During normal weather and road conditions, teens should go the speed limit. Talk to your teen about the importance of slowing down in inclement weather. It is also important to slow down when other road conditions are present like road construction or winding roads.

    One way that parents can help with speeding is by holding off on buying their teen a new car. One study found that when a teen first has a driver license, they are more likely to speed in their own vehicle versus driving the family sedan.

    No Extra Passengers

    Extra passengers mean extra distractions for your teen driver. Nevada has rules about extra passengers for teen drivers. Nevada passenger restrictions on teen drivers include the following:

    • Young drivers may not transport any passenger under the age of 18, except for immediate family members, for the first six months after the license was issued.

    You can also talk to your teen about passenger safety. For more information on teen passenger safety, see Have You Talked To Your Teen About Passenger Safety?

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    If you or your teen are injured in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your teen’s rights and help them receive maximum compensation for their injuries.

    When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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