Injured In An Accident?
California Teen Drivers At Risk When Teen Passengers Are Present
Car accidents are the most common cause of death for teenagers living in California and across the country. In 2013, 2,163 teens died as the result of a motor vehicle accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The teen drivers most at risk include males and the newly licensed. Another at-risk group is the young drivers who have young passengers. A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety illustrates just how dangerous it can be for a teen to transport peers, and the risk rises as the number of passengers does.
- To evaluate the risk of teen drivers and passengers, researchers evaluated data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding 16- and 17-year-olds who were killed in a car accident. The data reflected numbers from 2007 to 2010 and only involved teens who were operating passenger vehicles. The study’s authors also used the NHTSA’s information regarding police-reported crashes involving teenage drivers over that timeframe.
- A teen driver who has one passenger younger than 21 is 44% more likely to be killed in an accident.
- A teen driver who has two passengers younger than 21 is at twice the risk of getting killed.
- A teen driver with three or more passengers younger than 21 has almost quadruple the risk of dying in a car accident.
Parents can also do their part to ensure the safety of their children through setting their own rules regarding any kind of distracted driving. Many experts recommend that parents have their teens sign a pledge to avoid dangerous behavior, such as interacting with passengers or using a cellphone while driving.
Anyone who has questions about this topic should consult with a personal injury attorney in California.
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