Car Accident Attorneys in Maryland: Study Shows Increase in Teen Driving DeathsApril 4, 2013
Despite a drop in recent years, a report revealed the deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers in auto accidents in the first six months of 2012 were up 19 percent compared to the same time period the previous year.
The report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found 107 16-year-old teen drivers who died during the first six months of 2012, while 86 drivers died during the same time period in 2011. The number of deaths for 17-year-old drivers increased from 116 during the first half of 2011 to 133 during the same time period in 2012.
Maryland was one of 25 states that reported an increase in deaths from two to four. Eight states and the District of Columbia reported no change, and 17 states actually had decreases.
The death of teen drivers had dropped over the last decade as states imposed greater restrictions on the younger drivers, such as limits on passengers and night driving. The number of 16-year-old drivers killed in auto accidents dropped from 435 in 2000 to 173 in 2011. For 17-year-old drivers, the number dropped from 564 in 2000 to 250 in 2011.
However, Kendall Poole, who is the head of the Tennessee highway safety office and the chairman of the Safety Association, believes that advances in technology have brought about an increase of distracted driving deaths for teen drivers. Jacqueline Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, hoped that the increase in fatalities motivates states to pass bans on texting while driving and other legislation to force young drivers to concentrate on the road. If you or your teen has been injured in a car accident, contact the car accident attorneys in Maryland at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.