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Talk to your teen about all forms of distracted driving

Fatal motor accidents are the leading cause of death among teenage drivers in Georgia and across the country, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Our team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP knows that your child's safety is your primary concern, which is why our goal is to ensure he or she knows the consequences of distracted driving.

An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study published this year discovered that some type of distraction plays a role in 58 percent of moderate to severe car accidents among teenage drivers. You may have spoken with your teen about cellphone use while driving, but this study illustrates why keeping your child's focus on the road at all times is especially important.

In addition to cellphone use, other significant factors that researchers observed in the six seconds prior to a crash include the following: 

  • Grooming
  • Reaching for something in the vehicle
  • Interacting with other passengers
  • Dancing to music
  • Looking at something either inside or outside the car

You should discuss each of these items with your young driver. Distraction.gov, the U.S. government's website devoted to distracted driving prevention, offers a pledge form that teenagers can sign. The form asks not only that the driver abstain from the behavior, but also to discourage others from engaging in it.

We know that not every accident is preventable. When a crash does occur and a negligent driver is at fault, you do have legal recourse.

For more information on this topic, please visit our page on traffic fatalities.

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