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More than 40 million American kids go out in the dark to trick-or-treat each Halloween and parents often worry about the “boogey men” dangers such as razor blades hidden in candy or a predator lurking in the bush. In truth, however, more kids are injured and killed in car accidents on Halloween than from any […]

Over the years cars have gotten safer as more safety features have been introduced; safety features can help reduce car crashes. Sometimes vehicle manufacturers have taken their own initiative to produce additional safety features and sometimes the federal government has had to step in to legislate safety changes. Take a look at these five new […]

Once your tires are close to failure it can be difficult to prevent vehicle accidents. As we enter fall there will be more rain and other poor weather conditions; tire problems combined with poor weather can dramatically increase the likelihood of a vehicle crash. Proper tire maintenance is an essential component in extending the life […]

Car accidents are the number one cause of preventable deaths in the United States. They cause 35,000 fatalities annually and are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of thousands of others suffer personal injuries in the approximately 10 million car accidents that […]

Car accidents are caused by many reasons including poor driving conditions, distracted driving and worn-out tires. Every driver should work to eliminate risk factors for car accidents. These top driving & maintenance mistakes are responsible for many car accidents: Distracted driving Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of car accidents; particularly the use […]

With the lowest gas prices since 2008, many families will take one last road trip before the start of the school year, increasing traffic on the long Labor Day weekend. More cars on the road will mean plenty of Labor Day car accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another […]

How do poor weather conditions affect car accidents on roadways? Poor weather can create visibility impairments and affect vehicle performance through lost traction, stability and maneuverability. It may also create road hazards that can delay travel, close roads, and increase the risk of car accidents. Poor Weather Conditions have an impact on road safety On […]

Car insurance scams by individual policy holders against their insurance provider have been around since insurance was invented but over the years insurance providers have gotten better at recognizing scams and catching the perpetrators. According to insurance fraud experts, insurance scams are the second highest financial crime in the United States. Additionally, more than 20 […]

teen-driversCar crashes are the number one killer of teens. The younger the teen, the higher the rate of car crashes. Teenage brains are still developing and as a result teens tend to be impulsive and use poor judgment. Poor decisions often include drinking and driving or texting and driving, two of the most risky behaviors when getting behind the wheel.

How Do We Protect Teen Drivers?

Graduated licensing is a highly successful idea and has been implemented in many states: it allows teens to gain driving experience under certain restrictions while they work toward getting their full license. The law is different from state to state but often includes restrictions such as:

  • the number of passengers
  • the age of passengers
  • a minimum number of supervised driving hours with a parent or driving professional
  • nighttime driving
  • zero alcohol limits

Teen deaths from car accidents have dropped 62 percent since 1975 and graduated licensing is given a lot of the credit as studies have shown a clear link between these programs and lowered crash rates.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website has a calculator that estimates how many lives could be saved if states strengthened their graduated licensing laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers incentives like extra highway safety funds to states that improve their graduated licensing laws.

If your state has poor graduated licensing laws, consider creating your own contract with your teenager. Talk to your teen about the risks of driving while intoxicated or distracted. Help them understand that while they are learning it is best to be alone in the car or with one adult and avoid driving at night.

Technology like Ford’s MyKey is also proving helpful in reducing teen accidents. MyKey allows parents to set the driving rules and store them electronically in the ignition key. Features that can be controlled include the vehicle’s top speed, the volume of the radio, or even whether the radio can be turned on until the driver’s seat belt is secured.

Driver education in the form of advanced driver training can help reduce teen car crashes. When drivers are taught what to do when they are faced with an emergency they are more likely to avoid a car accident. There are many defensive driving courses available through public and private organizations such as the Tire Rack Street Survival School. These courses help teens to improve their driving skills, gain confidence, and learn the limits of their cars.

What to Look for in Car for a Teenager

If you are buying a car for your teen you may be deciding what you can afford versus what is safest. You should be looking for a vehicle that has advanced safety features like electronic stability control and third-generation air bags. Read consumer reports for a vehicle that has performed well in independent crash tests. Avoid a large truck or SUV because their high center of gravity makes them more prone to a roll over. Other disadvantages to a large vehicle include poor handling, poor fuel economy and more passenger seating which is just asking to be filled with distracting teen passengers. Sports cars are too tempting to drive fast. Choose a modest car with the best possible safety features.

If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, do not hesitate to seek the help of a knowledgeable car accident attorney. The insurance companies are there to pay you the lowest settlement possible; it is not uncommon that a victim who hires an accident lawyer receives up to three times the settlement of someone who fights alone. Please call the caring, experienced accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation.

senior-driverMost North Americans depend on cars to get us around; driving gives us independence and freedom. The problem is that as we age our motor skills, vision, and response times can deteriorate, making us a danger to ourselves and others. Many families agonize over the decision to take their parents’ car keys away and most are met with resistance. How do you know if your elderly parent is still safe to drive?

Signs of Elderly Driver Decline:

  • Drives either too fast or too slow for the road and traffic flow
  • Relies on passengers for line of site questions
  • Responds too slowly or doesn’t see bicyclists, pedestrians, or other drivers on the road
  • Ignores, disobeys or misunderstands traffic lights and street signs
  • Stops being able to gauge the distances between or approaching cars
  • Doesn’t yield to others that have the right of way
  • Seems drowsy, confused, or frightened, or easily angered or frustrated
  • Drifts across lanes or bumps into curbs
  • Forgets to turn on headlights after dusk
  • Seems to be having a lot of near accidents or is having car accidents
  • Lacks the strength to turn the wheel quickly in case of emergency
  • Gets lost on the road, even in familiar areas
  • Has difficulty maneuvering their neck, head, or shoulders while driving or parking
  • Experiences night blindness when glare from oncoming headlights or streetlights appears
  • Ignores needed mechanical repairs

If you can identify one or more of these issues in your elderly parent, suggest they be assessed by their medical doctor as they may be unfit to drive.

Caregivers Should Look at These Medical Issues:

  • Has the elderly person had a physical exam in the last year to test reflexes, vision, and hearing?
  • Have they been diagnosed with any medical illness that could affect their ability to drive?
  • Has a physician recommended that they stop driving?
  • Are they on any medications that could make them drowsy?
  • Have they reduced their alcohol intake to compensate for a decreasing tolerance?
  • Have they had a serious fall in the last year?
  • Do they have difficulty climbing a flight of stairs or walking more than a city block?

Easing into Decreased Driving Ability

Just because your elderly parent is experiencing declines in their abilities doesn’t mean that they have to give up driving all together:

  • Stop driving at night
  • Only drive in familiar areas
  • Avoid highways and rush hour traffic
  • Leave plenty of time to get to destination
  • Don’t drive alone

The AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) sponsors a program called the 55-Alive Mature Driver Program, which helps older people deal with issues such as compensating for vision problems associated with aging. And, the Association for Driver Rehabilitation offers referrals to specialists who teach people with disabilities, including aging drivers, how to improve their driving. Some states, including Washington, offer seniors a discount on car insurance in exchange for taking a safe driving course each year.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation!