Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner
Driver inexperience contributes to about 3,000 lost teen lives each year. As a matter of fact, the number #1 threat to a teen’s safety is driving or riding in a car with a teen driver.
However, according to NHTSA, a recent survey showed that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their teen driver about the key components of driving. NHTSA has produced a Fact Sheet for Teen Driver Safety Week entitled “5 to Drive,” rules that address the worst dangers for teen drivers:
- Seat Belts
- Extra Passengers
As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed a website devoted to “Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers” campaign, which includes a number of resources for parents, pediatricians and communities to keep teen drivers safe on the road. Listed below are some of the useful discussion and educational topics included in the CDC website.
- Parental Involvement in Teen’s Driving
- Eight Danger Zones
- Parent-Teen Driving Agreement
- Graduated Driver Licensing
- Shared What You’ve Learned
- Key Steps for Pediatricians and Safe Teen Driving
- Educate to Reduce Risk
- Encourage Use of a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement
- Remind Parents to Lead by Example
- Spread the Word
- Include Information about Safe Teen Driving on Clinic Website
- Tools for Partners and Communities to Collaborate on Teen Driving Safety
- Share Campaign Materials
- Plan and Promote Events to Raise Awareness
- Integrate CDC Content with Websites
- Use Media Relations for Promotion
Teens need to learn how to drive. But, even more important, teens need to learn how to drive safely. Parents are the biggest influence on whether their teens learn to drive carefully. The CDC website Parents Are the Key provides useful tools for assisting parents in delivering that message. I routinely give presentations to local schools on the issue of distracted driving, a growing concern among drivers of all ages, but especially teen drivers. Please be careful on the road, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to learn more about my presentations concerning distracted driving. You can call me at (202) 822-1899 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2011). Super Lawyers recently named him among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100” lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2014 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (2014) — national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.