Getting their driver’s license is a huge milestone for many teenagers in Virginia. However, teens do not have the experience behind the wheel that older drivers do, and teens may be easily distracted or otherwise take unnecessary risks while driving. Any of these factors can lead to car crashes caused by teen drivers. And, according to one analysis, Virginia saw an uptick in fatal accidents caused by teen drivers in 2020.
DMV Virginia Crash Data shows uptick in fatal teen accidents
According to a recent analysis by AAA of DMV Virginia Crash Data, from 2015 to 2019 through mid-October, there were on average 14,445 motor vehicle accidents each year in Virginia in which one party was a teen driver. In 2020, that number sat at 9,971 collisions involving teen drivers — down from previous years. However, from 2015 to 2019 through mid-October, on average there were 51 fatal accidents involving teen drivers, whereas that number sat at 55 in 2020 — an uptick in fatal crashes.
Talk to your teens about safe driving habits
It is important for parents to discuss safe driving habits with their teens. All motorists should wear their seat belt. In addition, it is important not to drive while fatigued. Teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep a night to be alert enough to drive. Drunk driving and distracted driving should also be avoided. Finally, risks such as speeding should not be taken.
Unfortunately, despite their best intentions, teens will still cause car crashes, sometimes serious ones. If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a teen driver in Virginia, you will want to explore all your options for compensation, including pursuing legal action if necessary.