Car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between 15 and 20 years old, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT). Driving too fast, being distracted by electronic devices or passengers, weaving among lanes, and not wearing a seat belt are some of the leading causes of accidents that take the lives of young drivers.
To help young drivers travel safely and prevent a traffic accident in Missouri, MODOT offers the following safety tips for young drivers:
- Wear a seat belt. Missouri law requires both drivers and passengers who have a learner’s permit or an intermediate license to wear a seat belt whenever the car is moving. Buckling up is one of the simplest ways to prevent injury or death while on the road.
- Stick to the speed limit. Not only does speeding increase the risk of severe accidents, it can also earn a driver a ticket, which may raise the driver’s insurance rates and make it hard for him or her to get a full license in Missouri. Sticking to the speed limit also means driving at a safe speed for conditions - snow, ice, heavy rain, or fog are all signs to slow down.
- Focus on the road. Distracted driving leads to accidents in all age groups, but it’s particularly dangerous for inexperienced drivers. Pull over before using a cell phone, searching for things in the car, or reading a map.
The Department of Transportation has additional tips available at its website. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident in Missouri, the experienced St. Louis car crash attorneys at Page Law may be able to help. To learn more, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 for a free and confidential consultation.