According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2,300 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, a rate of almost seven every day. Though drivers between 19 and 19 account for only about one of every 16 motorists on the nation’s roadways, they are involved in more than one of every 10 accidents.
The Greatest Risk Factors
Though teenagers as a whole are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident than older drivers, there are groups within the demographic who are at even greater risk:
- The accident rate for teenagers in their first two years of driving is approximately twice that of teenagers over the age of 18
- Male teenagers have an accident rate of double that for female teenagers
- The addition of passengers increases the accident rate, and the accident rate continues to climb for each additional passenger
According to the CDC, there are a wide range of factors that increase the risk for younger drivers:
- Younger drivers tend to drive at higher rates of speed and are often more guilty of tailgating
- Younger drivers lack the skill and experience to accurately estimate the likelihood of danger. They also tend to engage in poor decision-making when faced with a dangerous situation.
- Teenagers lag behind all other groups in seat belt use—less than 2/3rds reported using a seat belt when riding with another person
- Alcohol and substance abuse are often a factor—the CDC estimated that substance abuse played a role in one in five accidents involving teens
Contact Mallon & Tranger
We offer a free initial consultation to people in New Jersey who have suffered a personal injury related to work. To set up a meeting, contact us online or call us at 732-410-6094 (toll free at 877-320-0692) for an appointment. We have offices in Freehold, Toms River and Point Pleasant.