Recent research conducted by Florida-based personal injury attorneys Anidjar & Levine has shed light on the alarming frequency of deadly accidents involving teenage drivers across the United States.

The research focused on all the reported car crashes spanning the years from 2017 to 2021, the study pinpointed Louisiana as one of the top 10 states where teens are most vulnerable to fatal accidents behind the wheel.

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How did Louisiana rank?

BR Proud reported that drivers under the age of 19 accounted for a significant portion of individuals at high risk for fatal crashes. Louisiana ranked eighth nationwide.

The report's findings indicated a sobering reality: Louisiana witnessed 125 fatalities per 100,000 licensed drivers involving teenage drivers, which is a 42% surge over the national average. Over the period analyzed, teen drivers from Louisiana were responsible for a concerning 11% of all fatal crashes reported since 2011.

Overall, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Montana have the highest rates of deadly accidents involving teen drivers.

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10 Reminders for Teen Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board has emphasized crucial safety measures for young drivers to decrease the risk of accidents.

Most of these tips may seem obvious, however, they are often ignored.

  1. Avoid Distractions: Stay focused on the road. Refrain from texting, using a phone, or engaging in other distracting activities while driving.
  2. Limit Passengers: Having too many passengers in the car can be distracting for teen drivers. Follow the rules and guidelines for the number of passengers allowed, especially during the early stages of driving.
  3. No Alcohol or Drugs: Never drink alcohol or use drugs before driving. Impaired driving is dangerous and illegal, and it significantly increases the risk of accidents.
  4. Obey Speed Limits: Stick to the speed limits. Speeding reduces reaction time and increases the severity of accidents.
  5. Get Sufficient Rest: Make sure to get an adequate amount of sleep before driving. Fatigue can impair your judgment and reaction time on the road.
  6. Buckle Up: Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives and significantly reduce the risk of injury or death in a crash.
  7. Follow Traffic Rules: Adhere to traffic signs, signals, and rules. Understand and obey the rules of the road to ensure safe driving.
  8. Regular Maintenance: Maintain your vehicle properly. Regularly check your car’s tires, brakes, lights, and other essential components to ensure they are in good working condition.
  9. Practice Defensive Driving: Be aware of your surroundings and anticipate the actions of other drivers. Defensive driving can help you avoid potential accidents caused by the mistakes of others.
  10. Take Driver Education Seriously: Consider enrolling in a driver education program. These programs offer valuable knowledge and practical experience that can enhance your driving skills and safety awareness.

Safe driving habits are essential for your well-being and the safety of everyone on the road. Developing good habits early on as a teen driver sets the foundation for a lifetime of safe driving.

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