For a teenager, finally getting your driver’s license is an exciting milestone in your high school life. With their own license, teenagers are able to have more freedom to visit their friends, attend sporting events, and participate in activities and events around town. Although getting a driver’s license is a fun and exciting time, teenage drivers can also be more likely to cause or be involved in serious accidents. Teenage drivers are sometimes more reckless with their driving, including driving while using their phone, texting behind the wheel, speeding, or disobeying the rules of the road.
As mentioned above, new and inexperienced teenage drivers are much more likely to be involved an accident that will harm themselves and/or others. Take a look at the following statistics and facts regarding teenage drivers and automobile accidents. According to the CDC:
· Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, with more than one in three deaths in this age group.
· Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situations.
· In 2009, eight teenagers aged 16 to 19 died every day from automobile accident injuries.
· For every mile driven, teen drivers aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
· In 2008, 1/4 of drivers aged 15 to 20 who died in car crashes had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
· Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (distance between cars).
If you or a loved one have been injured or another has been killed as the result of a new and inexperienced driver, it may be time to take legal action. Although not all teenagers are poor drivers, there are many instances at which a new driver may be at fault for an accident or injury. If you would like more information about this page or Attorney Stoehr’s areas of practice, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm.