PALM SPRINGS, California. CNN recently reported that there has been an increase in accidental deaths among teens. Why are more teens dying, and what can be done about it? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the teen death rate increased between 2013 and 2016. What is contributing to this increase? According to the CDC, more teens are dying due to personal injuries, with car crashes, drug overdoses, homicides and suicide, leading the list among teen cause of death. Of all the accidental factors leading to teen death, motor vehicle accidents top the list. Motor vehicle accidents account for 62% of teen accidental deaths. Poisoning is the second leading cause, accounting for 16% of teen deaths, and drowning accounts for 7% of all teen deaths. According to WebMD, drug overdoses accounted for 90% of all teen poisoning deaths, highlighting the real risk of drug use.
Drug overdoses are included in the poisoning rate, implicating the opioid crisis. But, distracted driving among teens could also be contributing to the increase in car accident deaths. As more teens use their cell phones behind the wheel, they increase their risk of being in an accident due to distracted driving. Teens’ inexperience behind the wheel may also be working against them. While adults who have been driving for longer periods of time may be more able to multi-task (though they shouldn’t), teens may have less room for error due to the fact that they are still learning how to drive and navigate the challenges of the road.
Another crucial contributing factor to teen deaths are teen suicides. Cyberbullying is on the rise and schools, parents, and mental health supports are not always available to help teens cope with bullying and stress. Here is another area where cell phone use and technology could be potentially impacting teen health.
What can parents do to protect their children? For one, consider talking to your teen about cell phone use behind the wheel. At the same time, parents cannot always trust their teens to listen. Companies have developed technology that can disable a teen’s phone while driving, and many parents who let their teens drive have put the devices in their cars. When teens get injured or injure others due to distracted driving, parents could be held financially responsible for the damage their teens do behind the wheel. Talking to your teen could not only save your teen’s life, but also save the lives of others, and protect you financially.
Finally, if you or your teen has been hurt due to the neglect or negligence of another person or party, you may be entitled to seek damages. The Ledger Law Firm are Palm Springs, California personal injury lawyers who may be able to help you. Our firm may be able to help you and your family seek damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit us at the Ledger Law Firm today to learn more.

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