Parents most fearful of road traffic accidents

The biggest fear of parents with children aged 16 to 25 is that their offspring will be injured in a car accident.

That’s according to new research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) into what keeps mums and dads up at night.

It reveals that concern about road safety is a bigger worry for parents than their child being unable to get a job, unable to reach their academic potential, or even taking drugs.

Dangers behind the wheel

Almost two thirds (62%) of the 498 adults with children in this age group polled admit they are worried about them being involved in a car accident – and they have fair reason to be concerned.

Car crashes are the single biggest cause of accidental death among 15 to 24-year-olds, according to ABI.

What’s more, official figures released earlier this year show that the number of people tragically killed on the roads jumped sharply at the start of 2014, while the number of injuries also increased dramatically.

Whiplash is a common result of more minor accidents on the road.

If you’ve been injured in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, either as a driver or a passenger, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with all the support and information you need, so get in touch.

Minimum learning period

ABI is calling for a one-year minimum learning period for drivers in a bid to cut the number of accidents involving young drivers.

It also wants to see a limit on the number of passengers allowed in a car with newly-qualified young drivers for a period of six months after passing their driving test, as well as zero tolerance on the drink-drive alcohol limit.

In the meantime, here are some potential road hazards for young drivers to keep an eye out for.

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