Teen Driver Safety

July 31, 2014

According to the National Highway Traffic Association (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.Unfortunately, mile for mile, teens are in three times as many fatal crashes than any other age group. While there are many defensive driving programs available for teens, these startling figures help to illustrate the need for even more driver education for the youths of America.


Alabama’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law

Inexperience and immaturity have been acknowledged as the two main factors that often contribute to fatal teen crashes. These factors led the NHTSA to recommend that all states implement a Graduated Driver Licensing System (GDL) – encouraging parents of teenage drivers to make them aware of this system in the process.

Introduced in 2010, the Alabama GDL system eases teenagers into driving by reducing high-risk exposure – with the intention of keeping teens safe on the road by following Alabama’s GDL strict driving standards.

The following are requirements for Alabama’s teen drivers:

Stage I (Learner’s Permit):

Stage II (Restricted License):

Stage III (Unrestricted License):

It is important to note that according to a report released by the the DMV, there were over 90 deaths of young drivers on the roads throughout Alabama in 2008 alone. With this is mind, local law enforcement agencies are encouraged to actively police reckless teen driving and overall teen driver awareness.


Parental Driving Standards for Teen Driver Safety

The NHTSA suggests that all parents set driving rules for their teenagers and specify the consequences for breaking the rules. Below is a list of suggested rules:

Parents should still have driving rules for their teenager, even after they have received an unrestricted license. Remind your teenager that your rules and the Alabama driving laws are only meant to keep them safe.


Alabama Car Accident Lawyers

If your teen has been injured in a car accident, he or she may be eligible to file a lawsuit – even if they were the passenger. You and your dependent may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. At the Citrin Law Firm we can help you explore your legal options.

To find out how we can help, please call our firm at 251-888-8888. We service both Baldwin and Mobile Counties here in Alabama, and are ready to help you today.

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