Teen Driver Accidents: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)
February 25, 2015
In light of our recent blog regarding Oregon teen driving laws, we thought it would be timely to take a closer look at some important facts and statistics associated with teen driver accidents. So, in this three-part blog series, we will present some crucial information about teen driver accidents, with the statistics noted herein being from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If, however, you are currently recovering from a teen driver accident or any type of traffic collision and you need some help with your financial recovery, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Portland car accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible so that our clients can secure the compensation they deserve.
Important Info about Teen Driver Accidents
Fact 1 – Every day, teen driver accidents kill about 7 teenagers in the U.S.
Tragically, as the NHTSA reports, more than 2,600 teenagers between 16 and 19 years old are killed in teen driver accidents each year in the U.S. What may be nearly as distressing as this fact can be the facts that:
- Nearly 300,000 teens are injured in these traffic accidents each year.
- People younger than 24 only comprise about 14 percent of the U.S. population, but they are responsible causing for about 30 percent of the costs/damage caused by traffic accidents in the U.S.
While 46 states have instituted graduated driver’s license programs in an effort to reverse these trends in teen driver accidents, the NHTSA notes that much more can and should be done to continue to protect the public on U.S. roadways by reducing these (and other) motor vehicle accidents.
Fact 2 – Male teen drivers are far more likely to be involved in deadly traffic accidents than female teen motorists.
Although teen drivers as a group or demographic present elevated risks to others on the road, these risks are far more significant when those teens are males, as researchers have found. In particular, the finding has been that male teen drivers are TWICE as likely as female teen motorists to be involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Just some of the reasons for this can include that, in general, male teen drivers tend to:
- Drive more aggressively than female teen motorists
- Violate traffic laws more often than female teen motorists, particularly when it comes to violating posted speed limits and not wearing seatbelts.
Here, however, it’s interesting to note that, while male teen drivers tend to be more reckless and aggressive than female teen motorists, researchers have also found that female teen drivers are:
- Far more likely to drive on restricted driver’s licenses
- More often involved in distracted driving-related crashes, especially around intersections.
We’ll present some more important facts about teen driver accidents in the additional parts of this blog series that will be published soon. Be sure to look for them!
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