Graduated driving license may keep teens safe

Ohio parents who have teenagers at or nearing the age of learning how to drive may understandably be nervous. The thought of their kids taking the helm in a motor vehicle can be emotional and is just one more realization for moms and dads that their babies are no longer their babies. On top of that, it is reasonable for parents to be concerned about their children's safety when driving.

It has been noted that among the various forms of driver distraction out there, conversations with passengers can be a big one for any driver and especially for a relatively inexperienced teen driver. In fact, it is estimated that two out of every three teenagers killed in motor vehicle accidents in Ohio in 2015 were somehow distracted when driving. That year alone, AAA reported that Ohio saw 156 teenage drivers die.

Overall, automobile accidents are ranked as the single biggest cause of death among people aged between 16 years old and 20 years old. The distractions inherent in having a passenger in a vehicle are part of what graduated driver's licenses aim to curb. These programs limit the number of passengers a new driver may transport.

When a crash involving a teen driver happens in Ohio, residents are encouraged to talk with an attorney to learn what options they may have to seek compensation. Getting clear facts from an experienced professional can help people make the right choices for their situations.

Source:, "Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens," Ethan Fitzgerald, March 9, 2017

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