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Study: Vehicle accidents top cause of death for teens

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reaffirms that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens.

The study found teen drivers are generally aware of the rules, but get in accidents because of inexperience and risk-taking.

Marty Fadness, owner of Safety and Respect Driving School in Eau Claire, said some of the most common mistakes first time drivers make are the result of driving too fast and too close to other cars. Fadness said the biggest issue he sees is teens who are distracted when driving.

Fadness said the best way to avoid an accident is to drive defensively.

“Whether it’s increasing the space between you and the vehicle in front, start your stopping earlier, drive at the speed limit, anticipate things. Basically, what we want them to do is manage risk,” said Fadness.

Teen drivers first receive a probationary license.  Fadness said during that probationary period, parents should take an active role in their child’s driving and not just cut them loose.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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