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Does Driver Monitoring Technology Prevent Car Accidents Involving Teens?

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

If you are the parent of a teen who has recently started driving or will do so in the near future, you are likely concerned about their safety. After all, studies show that accident rates increase when teens move past the pre-licensing, adult-supervised driving phase and begin to drive independently.

Driver monitoring technology was created to help prevent teen car accidents. But, does it actually work? We’ll discuss the answer to this question below.

If your teen has been hurt in a car crash that was not their fault, reach out to our experienced lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can investigate your teen’s case and inform them of their legal options. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

Teen Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. 16 to 19 year old drivers are at a higher risk of motor vehicle crashes than any other age group and are three times more likely than drivers who are 20 and older to be involved in a fatal collision.

In addition, accident risk is especially high when teens first get their driver’s licenses. It’s no surprise that the fatal crash rate per mile driven is almost twice as high for 16 to 17 year olds compared to 18 to 19 year olds.

Most Common Causes of Teen Driving Accidents

There are a number of reasons teen driving accidents may occur. The most common causes of them include the following:

  • Distracted driving: Just like drivers of other age groups, teens are often on their phone, eating, talking to their passengers, or engaging in other distracted behaviors that take their eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel.
  • Inexperienced driving: Teens who are new to driving simply don’t have the experience to recognize and properly react to risky situations. For this reason, crash risk is significant during the first few months that teens get their license.
  • Failure to wear seat belts: Seat belts reduce the risk of serious accidents and fatalities but many teens fail to wear them because they think they’re “uncool”.
  • Reckless driving: Illegal lane changes, speeding, and street racing are a few examples of reckless driving behaviors that are common among the teen population.
  • Overconfidence: Even though teens are new to driving, many of them feel overly confident and aren’t as careful behind the wheel as a result.

What is Driver Monitoring Technology?

Driver monitoring technology is designed to provide feedback to teen drivers as well as their parents. Some of these devices use video recordings that are prompted by sensors while others offer feedback solely based on sensors.

Research has proven that driver monitoring technology does minimize dangerous driving behaviors among teens, especially when parents are informed and take action. While many parents are strong supporters of these devices, others are skeptical about installing them because they believe doing so will lead to privacy issues and trust concerns.

If you are interested in driver monitoring technology for your teen, inquire about it with your automaker or car insurance company.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If your teen has sustained an injury in a crash that was caused by another party’s negligent actions, consult Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.