According to an October 12, 2016 CBS News article, the number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. In 2015, there was a 10-percent increase in teen driving deaths. “In fact, teenage drivers are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash,” said personal injury attorney Erick Santana, a founding partner at Cecere Santana.
To help prevent fatal accidents involving teens, Santana and Cecere Santana co-founder Michael Cecere share the following three tips:
No. 1: Always wear your seat belt. “Of the teens who died in passenger vehicle crashes, approximately 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” said Cecere. “Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.”
No. 2: Practice driving with your parents. “It is also important for the parents to provide at least 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving practice over at least six months,” added Santana. “Practicing on a variety of roads, at different times of day and in
varied weather and traffic conditions will help an inexperienced driver. Parents should stress the importance of continually scanning for potential hazards, including other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.”
No. 3: Avoid distractions while driving. “It is crucial to always refrain from any activity that can cause distraction while driving,” concluded Cecere. “This includes talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or playing with the radio.”
About Michael Cecere and Erick Santana, Cecere Santana Attorneys at Law
Attorney Michael Cecere is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer and cofounder of the firm Cecere Santana, PA. He works on civil trial litigation and has over 15 years of experience in the courtroom, trying over 65 cases to verdict. Attorney Erick Santana has been evaluating personal injury cases for over 20 years, and has successfully settled thousands of cases for his clients. As a former insurance adjuster, he knows first-hand what challenges clients face when dealing with insurance companies. Cecere Santana, PA represents cases relating to homeowner’s and property claims, personal injury, workers’ compensation and immigration. For more information, please call (800) 753-5529, or visit https://www.ceceresantana.com.