Disturbing new data from federal regulators is shedding light on a growing public health crisis. According to the data, teenagers are now more than one-and-a-half times more likely to lose their lives in a car accident than adults. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association study, fatal car accidents involving teenagers have risen 10 percent since 2014. Our Chester County personal injury lawyers note that although it is impossible to attribute these startling statistics to one cause, certain factors are often present in crashes caused by a teenage driver.
A recent survey of 142 driving instructors by AAA reveals that teenagers often are guilty of poor visual scanning. The inability to ascertain what constitutes a true risk or hazard is due to inexperience, AAA maintains. Another frequent contributor to fatal accidents involving teenaged drivers is speeding, with an estimated 45 percent of teenagers admitting to driving more than 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
AAA also notes that distracted driving remains particularly problematic for young Americans. The use of cellular phones to talk and text while behind the wheel contributes to an estimated 10 percent of all crashes involving teenaged drivers each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teenaged drivers are also susceptible to distraction from passengers or even while scrolling through radio stations.
Car Accident Prevention Starts at Home
Parents must do more to prepare their teenagers for life behind the wheel. This begins with modeling good behavior. Adults should never use a cell phone while driving, especially with an impressionable teenager watching. Additionally, adults should always drive defensively – at or below the posted speed limit – and remain alert at all times for potential danger.
Chester County Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Seek Compensation for Motorists, Passengers Injured by Teenaged Drivers
According to AAA, two-thirds of all fatal car accidents involving a teenaged driver will result in a passenger or passing motorist being fatally injured. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident caused by a teenage driver, contact the Chester County car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We will aggressively pursue your claim in court. For a free initial consultation, complete this online form or call 215-569-8488 today.