Watching your teen pull out of the driveway for the first time on his or her own, is frightening, to say the least. You can only hope that your son or daughter will remember the driving advice you have given and that he or she has the skills to avoid a Manassas car accident. One recent study will do little do put your mind at ease.

According to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), there is a good chance that your teen has been very close to getting in a car wreck. Researchers surveyed 2,000 students in 28 different high schools. Based on their findings, 68% of teens admitted to having a close call when it came to car accidents. Of those who experienced near crashes, the following was uncovered:

  • 55% blamed other drivers or bad weather.
  • 30% said that they had been speeding.
  • 21% were texting at the time.
  • 20% said they were talking to the passengers in their car.

This wasn’t the only study that showed the dangers teen drivers face.

By no means were the findings of this study isolated. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance conducted another study in April 2011. According to researchers, when the teen drivers were responsible for accidents, 20% admitted that they had been distracted. Researchers also found that 21% of these crashes involved teens who were speeding.

As a parent, these studies do little to calm your nerves about the potential of a Manassas car accident. However, you can take action by explaining driver safety to your teen and by acting as an example. Your teen will watch your behavior behind the wheel and if you have the habit of speeding, talking on your cell phone or even texting, guess what? Your teen driver will come to the conclusion that this behavior is acceptable for him or her too.

If you have been hurt in a Manassas car accident, know what steps to take.

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