New York Teens Face Serious Risks Driving

by | October 19th, 2012

Oct. 19, 2012

Teen drivers face a significant risk when getting behind the wheel and many experts agree a better education about these dangers may be the only way to stop the problem.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles says teen and young drivers may only make up 12 percent of all licensed drivers in the state, but they account for as much as 20 percent of all car accidents. Teens are not the only drivers affected by these Buffalo Auto Accidents—experts say crashes involving young drivers are more likely to involve another vehicle than any other demographic.

This data hit home last week when four teens were seriously injured in a car crash. The Wall Street Journal reports the accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. last Tuesday afternoon in Brighton, New York.  Reports indicate the teens were riding in a car following a school bus. As the bus slowed, the teens’ car plowed into rear of the bus and became wedged underneath it. All four were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

How can you prevent your teen from being involved in a car accident like this? The Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices say signing a driving contract with your teen helps hold them accountable for their actions behind the wheel. If you feel your teen is not ready to hit the road, you may also be able to withdraw consent for your child to drive.