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National Youth Traffic Safety Awareness Month – 2012

Child accident lawyer shares safety tips to help prevent car accidents for teens and children this summer

The school year is coming to a close. If you are a kid, this is great (sometimes for parents a bit less so). Most kids and teens are already in “Huck Finn” mode, looking forward to the fun and freedom of summer. But for teen drivers, fun and freedom is also associated with the highest numbers of car accidents, as well as injury and death as a result of these crashes. Now is a very good time to take a few moments and talk with your teen driver about safety as he or she prepares for prom night and graduation.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for youth in America, according to the CDC. And summer is the deadliest time of the year for teens, according to an AAA Michigan study. Specifically, between 2005 and 2009, an average of 422 teen auto accident fatalities occurred each month during summer months, but dropped to 363 during non-summer months.

Our accident lawyers have discussed that Michigan’s new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law should help prevent some of these deaths, as teenage drivers with a Level 2 license now have to comply with driving restrictions, including limits on the number of passengers in a vehicle and shorter night driving hours.

Another way to prevent car accident fatalities for teens and youth is by simply talking about safety with your children, and knowing the best ways to keep your kids safe in the car.

During National Youth Traffic Safety Month, companies and organizations across the country will be holding events, contests and promotions to raise awareness about the dangers teens and children face on the road.

Our accident lawyers will do our part by blogging about car seat safety and teen driving issues like distracted driving and drunk driving. We’re also having our accident lawyers speak at several metro Detroit schools, to discuss safety tips and car accident stories with students.

Until then, here are a few interesting facts on how various Michigan traffic safety checks are saving young lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published counts for how many Michigan lives were saved in 2010 by various restraints:

  • Michigan lives saved by child restraints age 4 and younger: 13
  • Michigan lives saved by seat belts, age 5 and older: 415
  • Michigan lives saved by frontal airbags, age 13 and older: 63

Steven Gursten is a Michigan accident lawyer and head of Michigan Auto Law. He president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. Steve frequently writes and speaks on child safety and teen driving, and is available for comment.

Related Information:

No. 1 cause of death for children in Michigan – car accidents

Teen distracted driving: Graphic crash video by MDOT

How to choose the right Michigan accident lawyer

Michigan Auto Law exclusively handles car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state of Michigan. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Detroit. Call (800) 777-0028 or to speak with one of our Michigan accident lawyers.

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