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Gladstone, MO Auto Accident Lawyer Looks at Delaying Teen Licensing

If you’ve seen a teen drive recently or you’ve read one of the many news stories or studies about the dangers of teen drivers, then you may understandably want to delay your own child’s getting a license. You may not be alone. Studies indicate that more and more teens are delaying licensing. Before you decide whether this is the right choice for your child, our Gladstone, MO auto accident attorneys encourage you to consider the trend, the possible reasons for the trend, and the maturity of your own child.

How Many Teens are Delaying Licensing?

According to a recent study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in Ann Arbor, there has been a significant decrease in the number of 17-year-olds with driver’s licenses since the 1980s. In 1983, 69% of 17-year-olds had driver’s licenses. Just 25 years later, that number had decreased to 50%.

Why are Teens Getting Licenses Later
 
While there is no concrete data about why teens are getting licenses later, there are several hypotheses that have been suggested. For example, teens may be getting their licenses later:

  • To avoid graduated licensing rules.
  • Because of the poor economy.
  • Because they feel socially connected via the internet, cell phones and text messaging.

Unfortunately, delaying licensing does not always prevent car accidents. Car accidents may rise among new drivers in their twenties who did not drive as teens. Additionally, every driver, regardless of age and experience, has the risk of being hurt in an accident.
 
Is Your Gladstone Teen Ready to Drive?
 
As you consider your child’s readiness for a Missouri driver’s license, it is important to consider whether your child usually obeys safety rules, is cognizant of the dangers of driving, and can control impulsivity. Additionally, it is important to consider whether your child would contact a Gladstone, MO auto accident lawyer after a crash. If your child lacks the maturity to drive safely and contact a Gladstone car accident lawyer after a crash, then it might be important to delay licensing.

To find out more, please contact a Gladstone MO auto accident lawyer today at (816) 471- 5111 or (888) 348-2616. We also encourage you to share our FREE book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim, with your teen driver so your child will know what to do if he or she is in a crash.
James Roswold
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.

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