Car crashes occur every day in Florida and across this nation. While motor vehicle accidents don’t discriminate—as they affect the young and old alike—car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in this nation. Although some crashes aren’t preventable, there are many car accidents involving teens that could be prevented.

One of the main ways Florida teen car crashes could be reduced is by reducing texting and driving and distracted driving. This is why the week of November 17-23, 2014, is National Teens Don’t Text and Drive Week. By making teens aware of the dangers of texting while driving and highlighting that texting and driving contributes to over 3,000 teenage deaths annually, hopefully teenagers will be encouraged to sign a pledge to NOT text and drive.

What Can Be Done to Help End Teenage Texting and Driving?

  • Model great driving behaviors, which means you shouldn’t text and drive.
  • Give your teen clear instructions to never use a cell phone while driving and to pull over before texting or talking on the phone.
  • Ask your teen if there is any text, email or video that is worth getting into an accident over or endangering someone else’s life for.
  • Talk with your teen driver about the risks and dangers of texting while driving.
  • Ask your teen to put his or her phone on silence or turn it off before starting the car.
  • Monitor your teen’s phone activities.
  • Install a safety app on your teenager’s phone that will send a text messages to anyone who contacts your teen while driving, alerting them that he or she is on the road.
  • Explain that the incoming voicemail or text message will be there when your teen reaches his or her destination safely.
  • Encourage your teen to take a stand against texting while driving and sign the cell phone ban today.

Whether teenagers are engaged in reading text messages or constructing text messages at the wheel, it can increase their chances for a crash. Not only are they more likely to hit someone else, but they are also at an increased risk for being hit by another driver because they aren’t alert or driving defensively.

Unfortunately, driving is the most dangerous thing your teenager does on a daily basis, which is why reducing crashes caused by texting is so important. Please talk with your teenage driver about these tips and share these tips with other parents to help reduce teenagers’ crash risks.

If you or your teenager has been injured in a car crash due to another driver’s negligence, contact a Fort Lauderdale accident attorney at the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to get your questions answered and to learn about your rights.