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Causes of Teenage Car Accidents

Each year, a significant number of car crashes involve a teenage driver. Common causes for teen crashes and injuries include driving at night, not wearing seat belts, reckless driving, and drinking and driving. If teenagers are consciously aware of these causes while driving, crash rates can be reduced and injuries can be prevented. Driving at night can be especially difficult for young drivers. Combining inexperience with darkness leads to undesirable results. To avoid consequences, drivers can try to limit time spent driving in the dark, or practice driving in the dark with an adult. Another common cause of injury is not wearing a seatbelt. While there is a self-explanatory solution, implementing a habit of putting on a seatbelt can be difficult to achieve. Making a reminder to buckle up is an effective solution to prevent injury. Reckless driving is an encompassing source of accidents. The teenage age group of drivers is proven to have the highest rate of drivers that put themselves in risky situations. Whether it is speeding, texting and driving, cutting off cars, or other unwise actions, the driver is increasing their risk of being in a car accident. Simple solutions are following the speed limit, silencing cell phones to decrease distractions, and exercising prudence while on the road. Lastly, drinking and driving results in teenage deaths every year. While the legal drinking and driving level for adults is .08, states laws can outline a no tolerance policy up to a .02 BAC level for teen drivers. Drinking and driving is especially dangerous because it is punishable by law, but furthermore can have fatal implications. Teenage driving accidents can be extremely harmful and emotionally draining. However, if these solutions are employed, crashes and injuries can be...
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Car Accidents

Included in the tasks that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA needs to enforce are reducing road accidents involving motor vehicles, preventing injuries (and untimely deaths) and saving lives. The NHTSA, an arm of the US Department of Transportation, embarks on this task partly by ensuring the compliance of all vehicle manufacturers with product standards on safety and excellence. Thus, it is the prime obligation of car manufacturers to see to it that each car that leaves the manufacturing plant will never put any lives at risk by increasing the possibility of an accident due either to defect in design or defective parts. A very ideal premise, indeed; sadly, however, it ends up just as that – an ideal premise. NHTSA’s records show that, in 2013, 22 million vehicles were recalled by more than 10 car manufacturers for reasons that included: defective air bags (some could deploy despite the vehicle not crashing); possibility of fire in the event of a rear-impact crash; possibility of gas to leak which increases risk of fire; and, defective tires, steering wheel, child seats, brake pads, wipers, seat belt and others. In 2012, the recalls reached nearly 16.4 million, while 10 years earlier, in 2004, vehicle recalls hit a high 30.8 million. Recalls happen through confirmation of consumers’ complaints via an investigation initiated by the NHTSA, a voluntary recall by manufacturers after they, themselves, discover the defects, or through reports submitted by insurance companies either to the NHTSA or to the manufacturers of the models of cars that most frequently figure in accidents (as evidenced by the frequency of claims by various owners who own the same car models). Many times, though, recalls occur too late as some would have already suffered injuries and property damage before the defects come to be known. And no matter how one justifies the presence of...
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