Last month, Daniel L. McCauley, a 17-year-old junior at Palm Beach Central High School, died from injuries suffered in a West Palm Beach car crash. Palm Beach car crash lawyers see far too many of these tragedies. In fact, Daniel is only one of the hundreds of American teens who will die this year in automobile accidents.
After eight years of declines, the number of teen drivers killed in U.S. car crashes is increasing. On February 16, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report showing that teen deaths increased by 11 percent during the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.
- Teen driving deaths January-June 2010: 190
- Teen driving deaths January-June 2011: 211
The author of the GHSA report believes that the increase does not signify a new trend. He attributed the recent declines in teen auto fatalities to stricter teen driving restrictions in many states and hypothesized that the fatality increase in 2011 may be an effect of the leveling off of those restrictions.
However, he also speculated that the increase might be due to an improving economy. A better economy means that more teens are on the road.
Regardless of the cause, every Florida teen driving death is one too many. Parents should discuss safe driving habits with their teens. It is especially important to discuss risky behaviors such as distracted driving, driving while impaired, and driving with multiple friends in the car. For more information about safe teen driving see our article, "Ten Things Every Teen Driver Should Know."
If you or your teen is ever injured in a Florida car crash, Palm Beach car crash lawyer David Glatthorn is here to help. To learn more, download a free copy of The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim or contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.