Teenagers face increased risks and dangers over other drivers. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are 4 times more likely to get into accidents while driving than the average adult. The younger they are, the more at risk they are - 16-year-olds are twice as likely to crash per mile driven than 18-19 year-olds. In 2008, 6,428 teens were killed in car accidents.
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Bachus & Schanker, LLC has compiled the above statistics to increase awareness of the dangers that teenage drivers face. Inexperience is a big reason why crash rates for young drivers are so disproportionately high, but speeding, tailgating and distractions are also major factors.
Teen Drivers and Drunk Driving
Teen drivers aren't as likely to drive after drinking as adults are, but their crash risk is substantially higher when they do. Teens who drink and drive are 12 times more likely to be killed than sober teen drivers.
Teen Drivers and Texting and Driving
According to the American Automobile Association, 50% of teens admit to texting while driving.
There are three main types of distractions:
visual - taking your eyes off the road
manual - taking your hands off the wheel
cognitive - taking your mind off what you're doing
Texting while driving is so dangerous because it falls into all three of these categories. Several states and municipalities have banned the use of cell phones while driving.
Teen Drivers and Graduated Licensing
Graduated licensing is a system that phases in full driving privileges. People typically start with a learner's permit and work their way up to being licensed drivers.
Strong restrictions on teen drivers (such as nighttime driving) lower the amount of fatal crashes they experience as a whole, and insurance collision claims also see reduced rates.
As more states have begun adopting these systems, each of their crash rates have declined by 10-30%.
The 13 states that have a three-stage licensing system recommended by the NHTSA and AAMVA: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Four states that have two stages of licensing: Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Colorado car accident, contact the attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC, LLC to learn more about your rights and how we can help. Call 866.436.8388 for a free consultation.