Teen Car Accident Factors

Teen Driving Safety

Teen Driving Safety: Accident Factors

Teen drivers are at a higher risk of accidents than adults. Teen drivers are new drivers. They may not know how to handle certain situations, and engage in risky or distracted driving. The following mistakes are commonly made by teenage drivers according to DMV.org. These mistakes, along with other factors led to 2,524 teenage car accident fatalities in 2013 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • Speeding
  • Getting distracted
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Failing to keep a proper distance
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Driving while tired
  • Over-compensating emergency maneuvers
  • Having other passengers

Teen Driving Safety: Fatality Rates Decreasing

Although the accident rate for teen drivers is still high, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that the rate of fatalities has dropped 68 percent since 1975. What has caused the number of fatalities to drop?

  • Graduated License (GDL) System: The graduated license system, which regulates necessary experience for new drivers, has helped tremendously. The system was implemented in 1996, and the number of teenage crash deaths have declined by 51 percent according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Each state has a different set of rules, some which are stricter than others. There is a strong correlation between stricter rules and reduced fatalities and injuries resulting from teen car accidents.
  • Vehicle Improvements: Technological improvements in cars also attribute¬† to lower teenage car accident fatalities. Newer vehicle models are equipped with more airbags, and new safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers a list of recommended vehicles to help keep teens safe.
  • Parental Guidance: Parental guidance and supervision of teen driving habits can reduce the likelihood that teens will engage in risky behavior while behind the wheel. Parents should also provide a good example for teens by always using a seat-belt, and not using their cell phone in the car.

Teens are at Risk for Car Accidents

To reduce the risk, talk to your teens about accident prevention. If you know a teenage family member or friend who has been in a car accident, call 1-800-THE-LAW2 to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer. The injured driver or passenger could receive compensation for medical bills, auto body shop bills, and other expenses. Call 1-800-380-8080 for a free consultation.

 SOURCES:

  1. DMV.ORG. Common Driving Mistakes Teens Make. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  2. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Teenagers 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2015.