Statistically, teens are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road. One-third of all teenager deaths in the United States are due to vehicle crashes, making car crashes the number one cause of death for teens. More than 4,200 teenagers died from car crash injuries in 2007. Although teenagers themselves make up a dangerous group of drivers, particular groups of teens are more dangerous than others:
- Teenagers who have recently received their license
- Male teens
- Teenagers driving with other teen passengers in the vehicle
But why are teenagers much more dangerous than other drivers? They have less experience and engage in riskier behavior than other drivers:
- Hazard identification: Teens are less likely than older drivers to identify dangerous situations or to know how to handle them. Additionally, teens may underestimate the amount of danger present.
- Drunk driving: Teens have a high incidence of drinking and driving, or riding in the car with a driver who has been drinking.
- Seat belt use: Teens are less likely than any other age group to wear seat belts.
Parents and other adults should talk to teenagers about dangerous driving behaviors and encourage them to look out for their own safety as well as the safety of their friends and others on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another motorist, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical and financial losses. Contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your legal options.