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New app designed to reduce teen driving accidents

Ohio parents now have increased options for helping to reduce the risks associated with their teenagers learning to drive, and among these options is a new app that helps track a teen's driving experiences. According to a researcher at the University of North Carolina, many teenagers are getting driver's licenses without having any experience driving at night or in bad weather. Not knowing how to respond to these situations can lead to a car accident, particularly for an inexperienced driver.

The most dangerous time for a driver is when he or she first starts driving alone and must learn how to navigate precarious conditions without the guiding hand of a parent or driving instructor. The more experience that a teen has driving in snow, in bad weather and on different roads, the less likely he or she will get into an accident.

For this reason, a new app has been developed that allows parents to ensure that driving experiences are varied before teenagers hit the road on their own. The new app, Time to Drive, allows users to set goals, such as driving at night, in the rain or on an interstate. Time to Drive records when these goals are achieved, and progress can be shared across multiple devices. The app is currently available for the iPhone, and its authors are working on an Android version.

Someone who has been in a car accident, whether it was caused by a young and inexperienced driver who was distracted or an older driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may suffer physical harm and damage to his or her vehicle. In addition to repair and medical bills, the victim may also end up losing wages due to time away from work. A skilled Ohio personal injury attorney may be able to recover damages from the responsible driver to help the victim cover costs and lost wages.

Source: USA Today, "Honk if you love apps that protect teen drivers," Larry Copeland, April 8, 2013

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