When I see accidents like this one, I never want my two girls driving. The driver of the red car (a teenager) was texting and never saw the motorcycle. (You can learn more about this accident below.)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in 15-17 year olds. Teen behaviors which contribute to teen-related crashes, include inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers, etc.), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and drug use.TEEN DRIVER STATISTICS:
- 16 year olds have a higher crash rate and and are more likely to die in an MVC.
- In 2006, 3,490 teens ages 15-20 died in crashes.
- Between the years 1995 and 2004, 15, 16 and 17 year old drivers had crashes that claimed the lives of 30,917.
- In 2005, of 1,000 15 to 17 year olds surveyed, more than 50% said they use cell phones while driving, 69% speed, 64% speed to go through a yellow light, 68% played with radio/CD player while driving, 49% eat and drink while driving, 47% said passengers distracted them, and 50% believe most crashes are caused by alcohol.
In March 2011, TeenDriver.com, a new service that gives parents the tools they need to raise safe drivers, was introduced. TeenDriver.com is different from existing GPS tracking devices and cameras that track a teen driver’s every move. Instead, this new service aims to improve teen driver safety through community feedback and ongoing dialogue, encouraging conversations between parents and their teenage drivers.“In my neighborhood we’ve had teen drivers who consistently drove too fast. One was a neighbor’s boyfriend and so talking to the parents was easy. Another was not easy. Asking him to slow down didn’t help, but getting in touch with the parents made a difference,” said Juan Aguilar, co-founder of TeenDriver. “Our service aims to improve teen driver safety through community feedback and provides a middle ground for citizens to report dangerous driving behavior.”Parents of teen drivers can subscribe to TeenDriver.com for a low yearly fee to receive confidential reports about their teen driver as well as tips and information on raising safe drivers. Membership includes a license plate cover and car magnet with a phone number and website that members of the community can use to report dangerous driving behavior. The company is also publishing safe driving guides for teens and parents.
TeenDriver.com was founded to help reduce the statistics listed above and keep the roads safe for new teen drivers.
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(The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The rider's reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident.
The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place.
All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department.)