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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of teen crashes; cell phone use another major contributor. However, a third distracted driving behavior leading to teen car accidents is the passenger interaction among teen passengers. Studies show that a teen’s chances of getting into an accident increase with each additional teenage passenger in the car.
Peer passengers are a major distraction for teen drivers. Attention tends to be focused on the riders, not the road. In addition, teen drivers just don’t have the experience to anticipate problems while driving and they lack the driving skills that may be needed to avoid an accident.
Has your teen driver been involved in a car accident? Contact us at (877) 284-6600.
To help manage teen passenger risks, Graduated Driving Licensing (GDL) provisions include passenger limits for newly licensed teens.
Missouri’s Graduated Driver License law requires that all first-time drivers between 15 and 18 years old complete a period of driving with a licensed driver (instruction permit), and restricted driving (intermediate license), before getting a full driver license.
Although most states now have restrictions limiting the number of passengers newly licensed teens may drive as part of Graduated Driver Licensing programs, most allow them to carry family members.
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If your teen driver has been seriously injured in an accident. contact the Kansas City-based law firm of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600.. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published August 6, 2019. It was reviewed on October 4, 2022 and updated for content and accuracy.