the number of teen passengers in the car goes up.
Unfortunately, the fact is that teen drivers continue to carry multiple passengers. Federal data shows that during 2005-10, 42 percent of 16- and 17-year-old drivers who were involved in fatal crashes did have at least one teenage passenger and no passenger of any other age in the car with them.
A father of four kids, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau applauds states that have stiffened their driving laws to include such provisions as limits on the number of passengers allowed to be in a car with a teen driver. “One teen driving alone is much more likely to pay attention, keep his eyes on the road, and obey the speed limit. The distraction and peer pressure of a bunch of kids in a car together is flirting with disaster,” says Doug. “I have seen the unfortunate results of what can happen, and it is not pretty. The dangers of ‘distracted driving’ are well known, and a car full of teens can be a recipe for disaster.”
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car, bicycle or motorcycle crash involving a distracted driver – teenage or otherwise – and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555).