Newly Licensed Teens and Fatal CrashesJuly 3, 2017
We are well into the 100 deadliest days of summer, which means that there are more teen drivers on the roads now compared to the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of car accidents will likely increase. According to a recent study, newly licensed teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car accident compared to adults. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the average number of wrecks involving teen drivers increases by 15 percent, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
Researchers from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which looked at accident rates per miles driven for all drivers. They found the following results for teen drivers aged 16 to 17:
- They were almost 4 times as likely to be in a crash than drivers 18 and older
- They were 2.6 times as likely to be in a fatal crash compared to drivers 18 and older
- They were 4.5 times as likely to be in a crash compared to drivers between the ages of 30 and 59
- They were 3.2 times as likely to be in a fatal crash compared to drivers between the ages of 30 and 59
- Even drivers who were 80 years old were less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than newly licensed teen drivers
Crash Risk Related to Lack of Experience
Learning how to drive involves more than following the speed limit, making correct turns, and learning how to parallel park. A good driver must learn to make quick decisions, anticipate what other drivers might do, and learn how to avoid potentially hazardous situations. These skills come with experience. Newly licensed teen drivers lack the experience that comes with age and time spent behind the wheel. According to an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, teens have a higher accident rate due to their lack of driving experience, combined with the fact that they do not have fully developed judgment and decision making skills. It is crucial that teens log a significant amount of time driving with an experienced adult driver so that they are exposed to a variety of situations before getting their license.
Parents should consider the following safety tips:
- Keep unsupervised driving to a minimum
- Limit teens from driving at night
- Do not allow teens to drive with friends in the car
- Allow your teen to drive the family vehicle that is the newest and safest model
Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Teen Car Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident involving a newly licensed teen driver, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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