Missouri Car Accidents and Teenage Drivers

Many accidents that occur on Missouri roads involve a teenage driver.

teenage driverThere are several reasons teenage drivers are often more prone to accidents. Some of the common reasons include distraction such as texting, driving under influence, inexperience, inability to comprehend hazards, and speeding, to mention a few.

Last month, two Missouri teens were killed in a deadly car accident. The car crash occurred on Feb 18th at 10:15PM in Jefferson County. According to state highway patrol report, the two teenage boys lost their lives when the car they were driving flew off the road on the eastern side, and hit several trees before it overturned. The accident occurred on Carol Park Road, just north of Valley Park Drive.

The driver and the passenger were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The deceased were identified as 18-year-old Matthew Roskowske and 15-year-old Cameron Stewart. Both the teenagers were students of Northwest High School. Sadly, four teenagers from the same school have lost their lives in separate road accidents over the last year.

St. Louis car accident lawyers feel it is important for parents to understand what makes teenagers so susceptible to car accidents. The teenage car accident statistics are quite startling.

  • According to statistics, car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers. Teenagers are at the maximum risk of a car accident within six months of obtaining a driver’s license. This can often be attributed to the inexperience and excitement caused by the new found freedom.
  • Most car crashes involving teenagers are caused by some kind of a critical error such as driving too fast, failure to identify and react to potential hazards, and distracted driving. Texting while driving is a common cause of distraction amongst teen drivers.
  • Statistics reveal that in car accidents that are caused by teenage driver’s error, 21 percent of the drivers are found driving dangerously fast.
  • Drivers belonging to the age group 16 to 19 are at a four times higher risk of a car crash than the older drivers in the age group of 25-69 years.
  • Texting and emailing is a major cause of distraction leading to car accidents. In a survey of drivers, it was revealed that two thirds of the teenage drivers admitted to texting and emailing while they were driving.
  • Another major cause of distraction among teenage drivers is the passengers.

St. Louis car accident attorneys believes that parents can play an important role in educating the teenage drivers on safe driving habits. It has been proven that teenage drivers whose parents set rules, and guide their children in a supportive way are half as likely to get involved in a car accident.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a St. Louis auto accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm at (314) 361-4242. We can evaluate your case for free and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.

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