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Connecticut car accidents decrease 34% with teen restrictions

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 23, 2012 in Car Accidents

Back in 2008, Connecticut implemented new restrictions on teen drivers and since that time the number of car crashes has dropped 34 percent. The month of August is the deadliest for teen drivers and it is also the four-year anniversary of the laws restricting teen driving. Connecticut transportation researchers at Preusser Research Group decided to compare Department of Motor Vehicle's statistical data from before and after the 2008 laws were enacted.

Despite only one driving-related death among teens reported by the DMV this past year, it remains the number one cause of death among teenagers across the country. The laws passed in 2008 were the result of a series of crashes across the state in 2007 that killed seven teenagers. The laws added harsher penalties for restriction violations. If your teenager has been injured or killed in a New Haven car accident and you're looking for a trusted Connecticut personal injury attorney contact D'Amico & Pettinicchi today for a free consultation. 

The laws also require added behind-the-wheel training for teen drivers with learning permits as well as restricting the number of passengers in the vehicle. The laws also prohibit younger family members from being passengers in the vehicle during the first few months after a teen receives his or her license.

There have also been revisions to the 2008 laws, including banning the use of cellphones, even hands-free devices, a curfew of 11:00 p.m. and parents are required to attend a class that explains the restrictions placed on newly licensed teen drivers. All of these changes to the laws are designed to minimize distractions drivers face. By limiting passengers to only parents and no friends, teen drivers are much less distracted during their first year of driving.

The laws appear to be working, which will go a long way in teaching young drivers the importance of making the right decisions or your privileges can be taken away. Since car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in this country, anything that can be done to reduce or eliminate car accidents is a welcome relief. Car accidents can result in not only serious criminal charges, but also civil lawsuits in the form of personal injury or wrongful death claims if a driver is deemed to have acted negligently or in violation of the law in causing a crash with injuries or death.

Source: Norwich Bulletin, "Connecticut teen driving rules saving lives," Alison Shea, Aug. 18, 2012

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