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Best ways to prevent teen auto accidents

Teenagers look forward to the day when they can receive their driver's license. This gives them the independence and freedom they have been searching for.

Unfortunately, many teenagers are killed and injured in motor vehicle accidents every year. There are many causes of these accidents, such as texting and driving and a lack of experience.

There are things that teens and parents can do to help prevent an accident:

-- Have the right attitude. It is imperative for teens to have a responsible attitude in regards to their time spent on the road.

-- Supervised driving time is essential. Parents should spend as much time as possible in the vehicle with their child. Furthermore, driving lessons from a professional can help a teen learn the ins and outs of driving in a safe manner.

-- Stay on slow moving roads at first. Until a teenager has enough experience, they should avoid fast paced traffic in which a lot of vehicles are on the road. Gradual introduction to challenging driving situations is the way to go.

Even with this advice, there is no guarantee that a teenager will always remain safe on the road. He or she could make a poor decision that causes an accident.

There are also times when a teen does everything right, but is still involved in an accident because of a decision made by another driver -- often a more experienced adult.

Regardless of who is responsible for causing an accident, it can result in damage, injury, death and an insurance and/or legal claim.

Source: Geico, "Top 10 Tips for Preventing Teen Accidents," accessed June 02, 2015

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