With proms, graduations and the start of summer vacation, this can be a dangerous time of year for young drivers.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) May 12, 2012
Houston car accident lawyer Brad T. Wyly is urging parents to use May’s National Youth Traffic Safety Month as a time to talk about safe driving practices with their teen drivers.
“With proms, graduations and the start of summer vacation, this can be a dangerous time of year for young drivers,” said Wyly of the Houston personal injury firm, Wyly Law Firm, P.C. “That makes it important to sit down with your teenagers today and stress the need to make safe, smart and responsible decisions when they get behind the wheel.”
A U.S. Senate Resolution sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and other lawmakers designates May as National Youth Traffic Safety Month. The campaign to raise safe driving awareness comes at the start of the deadliest period of the year for teen drivers.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, 422 teens die in car crashes during each of the summer months. That’s compared to 363 teen driving deaths that occur during each of the non-summer months.
Perhaps due to immaturity and inexperience, Wyly said, young drivers may be more likely to engage in risky behavior such as speeding, drag racing, failing to wear a seat belt or driving while texting, using a cell phone or consuming alcohol.
In some cases, teen drivers may simply have too many other teens in the car with them, the Houston personal injury attorney said.
Wyly pointed to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study that found that the fatality risk for drivers ages 16-17 increases by 44 percent when they carry one passenger younger than age 21. The risk doubles with two passengers under age 21, and it quadruples with three or more passengers 21 or younger, the study revealed.
“When a car is full of teenagers, the driver is likely to be distracted at some point, and that obviously creates a higher risk of accidents, injuries or deaths,” Wyly said. “It’s certainly one of the points to emphasize when discussing safe driving with your teen.”
When a person is injured in a car accident because of a driver’s negligent or reckless behavior, Texas law allows the victim to be compensated for their losses, including vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, Wyly said.
“Our firm supports all efforts to promote safe driving, and above all, we stand up for the rights of those victims who are injured in accidents that, ultimately, could have been prevented,” he said.
About Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is a Houston law firm that represents personal injury victims, including those injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, throughout Houston and surrounding communities, including Harris County, Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston, Beaumont, Bellaire, Cloverleaf, Spring Valley, Missouri City, Aldine and Jersey City. The firm handles a variety of cases, including representing individuals and small businesses against their insurance companies and business law matters.
Attorney Brad T. Wyly is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. He has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He has been named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine. The firm’s office is located at 4101 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas, 77007. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.