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U of M developed app could aid with teen driving

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Friday, February 13, 2015.

For many teenagers passing their driver's test and getting their driver's license is a rite of passage. For those who have access to a car, their freedom grows in leaps and bounds as they are able to get to places that were once too far on foot or bicycle. While many teens may rejoice in the milestone, parents usually don't share in the glee. Instead, they may be worried about the increased danger that exists as a result of that new freedom.

This worry is well founded. In addition to being concerned about where their children may go, there is danger associated with the activity of driving itself. Young people are more prone to take risks that older, more mature individuals are. This is true in all parts of life including driving. These risks include speeding.

Speeding is an issue with teen drivers that cannot be ignored. According to a researcher at the University of Minnesota, approximately 30 percent of the crashes that occur involving teen drivers involve speeding.

As is becoming more and more common in today's world, there's an app to help address the issue. Researchers at the University of Minnesota developed it. The app is designed to keep a teen's parents abreast of his or her driving habits when they are not in car with them.

It does this by not only reading the speed that the car is travelling but comparing it to the speed limit posted for the road upon which the vehicle is travelling. The app sends a text to the driver's parents when he or she either ignores repeated warnings to decrease speed, or drives seven or more miles over the posted speed limit. A study conducted regarding its use found that it was effective in reducing speeding by teen drivers.

Regardless of the age of the person who causes a crash, if they were negligent by speeding, they may be held accountable via a personal injury lawsuit. For assistance in pursuing a lawsuit of this nature, a lawyer can be of assistance.

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