Allstate Runs Ad Touting a New Years Resolution That Can Keep You From Losing Your Teenager By Levine & Slavit PLLC on January 29, 2009

A print advertisement placed by Allstate in newspapers takes information from The Allstate Foundation Report on Teen Driving, 2005, and puts it ina form called "Parent-Teen Driving Contract". The contract lists several topics with corresponding statistics from the Report. For each topic, there is a blank space for "Agreement" to be filled in, and another blank space for "Consequences" to be filled in. At the bottom of the contract is a space for the Teen Driver's signature, and another for the Parent/Guardian signature. An interactive contract can be downloaded from the Internet. The topics and their corresponding statistics include the following: Speeding and Tickets - In 2005, speed-related crashes accounted for 44% of fatalities among 15-20 year olds; Crashes - Sixteen-year-old drivers have crash rates that are three times greater than 17-year old drivers and five times greater than 18-year old drivers; Drinking and Driving - In 2005, drunk driving caused one of every four fatal teen crashes; Cell Phones, Music, Other Distractions - Talking on a cell phone while driving gives you the reaction time of a 70-year old; Time of Day - Half the teens that died in car crashes in 2005 were killed between 3 P.M. and midnight. Number of Passengers - The presence of just one more male teen in a car doubles the chance of a fatal crash; Seatbelts - Using lap/shoulder belts can reduce the risk of dying in a car crash by 45%; Grades - Good grades are important for a teen's future. Consider ways to link driving privileges to good grades. The lawyers at Levine & Slavit have decades of experience handling personal injury claims including those involving auto accidents. For over 50 years spanning 3 generations, we have obtained results for satisfied clients. We have offices in Manhattan and Long Island, handling cases in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and surrounding areas. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Levine & Slavit for their help. To learn more, watch our videos.

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