When You Have Been Injured,Your Attorney's Experience Matters

  1. Home
  2.  — 
  3. Traffic Accidents
  4.  — Teenage Drivers: A Factor In Many Car Accidents

Teenage Drivers: A Factor In Many Car Accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2015 | Traffic Accidents

Did you know that teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group?
It’s true, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Additionally,
car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens in our country. In
fact, teen driving is a factor in many collisions for the following five reasons:

  • Teens lack wisdom and experience. Young drivers don’t have previous knowledge and experience to draw
    from when they are faced with unsafe conditions on the road. In fact,
    they often underestimate dangerous conditions or they cannot recognize
    hazardous situations. Because they are new to driving and have spent fewer
    hours in the driver’s seat than any other age group, they often
    make poor decisions that can increase their risk of crashing. Even though
    Virginia has
    license regulations designed to reduce teen crashes, a teen’s crash risk is very high
    during the first several months after getting a driver’s license,
    according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Teens text and drive. It’s no surprise that most teenagers can’t put down their cell
    phones—even when they drive. Maybe they text at the wheel because
    they are afraid they are going to miss something or maybe it is because
    they are fearless. Whatever the reason, texting and driving has claimed
    around 3,000 teen lives every year, according to a study by Cohen Children’s
    Medical Center. And teens do more than just text at the wheel; many teen
    drivers have admitted to reading emails, posting on social media sites,
    and even watching videos while driving. While these activities are against
    the law in Virginia and Washington, D.C., many teen drivers continue to
    text and drive and use their cell phones at the wheel.
  • Teens are distracted at the wheel. Teenagers are much more distracted at the wheel than any other age group.
    In fact, new
    research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found distracted driving among teen drivers to be a very serious problem.
    Researchers analyzed crash videos of teen drivers and found that six out
    of ten moderate-to-severe teen crashes involved distraction at the wheel.
    Although texting and driving as well as other cell phone use did cause
    many teen drivers to crash, other distractions that were factors in teen
    auto accidents included: interacting with passengers, looking at something
    in the car, looking at something outside of the vehicle, singing and dancing
    to music, grooming, and reaching for an object. Shockingly, the research
    revealed that interacting with passengers was the most common form of
    distraction that led to a teen car accident. It is important for teens
    and parents of teens to know that the risk of crashing increases with
    the number of passengers in a teen’s vehicle, according to the CDC.
  • Teens speed. Many teens—especially boys—are more likely to participate in
    risky driving behaviors such as speeding and following other vehicles
    too closely. “Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age
    who were involved in fatal crashes in 2012, 35% were speeding at the time
    of the crash,” according to the CDC.
  • Teens drink and drive. Even though drinking alcohol is illegal for this age group, somehow teens
    get their hands on alcohol and underage drinking and driving takes place.
    In 2013, 17% of drivers aged 16 to 20 who were in deadly car crashes had
    a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, according to the
    CDC. The truth of the matter is that drinking any amount of alcohol can
    increase a teen’s crash risk.

Car accidents occur daily in this nation and are responsible for killing
about six teenagers a day, reports the CDC. Sadly, most of these fatal
crashes are preventable and teens and parents of teen drivers need to
stay educated on teen driving dangers in an effort to keep teenagers safe
on the road. Because we are passionate about reducing teenage driving
accidents, we urge you to share our article on your favorite social media
site to promote teen driving safety.