Distracted driving is something that impacts all of us, at any age. However, studies have shown that it happens more often with teen drivers than it does with adults. It leads to more accidents, injuries and even fatalities.
Laws and driving instruction classes can only do so much. Experts urge parents to help by setting strict rules for their teens, letting them know that distracted driving is not something they will tolerate on any level.
While distraction is technically anything other than driving, the reality is that cellphone use is the largest and most common distraction that teens face. That's where parents need to start addressing the problem.
"The rule is—absolutely no using the phone while driving," recommended one expert. "I suggest they turn off their phone and put it in the glove compartment or somewhere where they cannot see it, cannot reach it. Parents need to realize how dangerous this is."
Now, there are cases where teens may feel that it's important that they can communicate with others outside of the car. Maybe they're waiting for an important call or a text. If they feel that it cannot wait, while riding with a passenger, it may be wise to hand the cellphone to the passenger. Let them deal with all communications so that the teen can simply focus on driving.
Have you been hit by a distracted driver? Regardless of that driver's age or the type of distraction, make sure you know all of the legal options you have to seek out financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other related costs.