Parents in Pennsylvania understand that their teens, being less experienced in driving, are more prone to distraction. What they may not be aware of is how the presence of peers in the car can be just as distracting as any smartphone or infotainment system. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety asserts that teens are 44% more likely to crash when they have just one teen passenger.
Other research suggests that teens should not drive with any peers in the car for at least one year after obtaining a license. Parents can consider placing a restriction on their teens that takes this into account. Even forbidding passengers for the first six months is a good, safety-conscious move.
Parents may also limit the times when their teens ride with a peer, but here, they would need to consider a few factors. These include the amount of time they will be out on the road, where their destination is, how long the driver has been licensed and whether there will be any night driving involved.
Letting their teens drive their siblings around is one temptation that parents face. It may be convenient, but it’s actually not safe. Siblings are more distracting to teens than their friends are since siblings know how to get more emotional responses from each other.
All of this may come into play after an accident with a teen driver. Those who suffer a personal injury and intend to file a claim will need evidence to support it, and unfortunately, distracted driving is not always easy to prove. This is one of many reasons why victims may want to seek legal counsel. Most personal injury lawyers have a network of professionals, including crash investigators, who can help build a case up before negotiations begin.