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Car accident rates increase as Ohio teenagers take to the roads

Teenagers and young adults are taking to the roads in record numbers, and the accident statistics reflect it. According data collected by the Ohio Department of Transportation, young drivers accounted for 32 percent of deaths related to a car accident and 39 percent of all serious injuries.

Parents in Franklin County are being encouraged to set an example for their children who may be taking to the roads for the first time. Texting and driving can contribute to accidents at intersections and road departure accidents when a distracted driver fails to observe road conditions and other motorists. Parents can set an example for their teenage drivers by turning off cell phones while behind the wheel of a car.

Alcohol has also been identified as a contributing factor to accidents at this time of the year. As young, inexperienced drivers take to the roads with the approach of school vacation and graduation, the state has witnessed a rise in drunk driving accident statistics among this age group.

A representative of the Ohio Highway Patrol cautioned all drivers to slow down and pay attention. Texting and driving is only one activity that could cause a teenager to become a distracted driver. The highway patrol officer reminded parents and their children that having multiple, talkative teenagers in a vehicle could also become a distraction for a relatively-new driver.

Regardless of the individual's age or driving experience, a negligent driver is a danger to motorists and pedestrians using the highways. A car accident victim who is injured due to the negligent conduct of another person might be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. A Columbus personal injury attorney might be a source of legal advice and guidance for someone injured in a car crash this summer.

Source: Times Gazette, "The 100 deadliest days," Sarah Allen, June 8, 2015

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