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Teen Drivers Pose Higher Risk than Adult Drivers

Regardless of a person’s age, a car accident can result in injuries that can be serious and place a tremendous emotional, physical, or financial burden on a person or their family. Some demographic groups are at greater risk for serious injury or death due to car accidents, and car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. According to the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 3,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in car accidents in 2009 alone. In addition, in 2008 over 350,000 in the same group were treated in emergency departments of hospitals for injuries sustained in car accidents.

A report cited by the CDC indicates that the annual cost of teen injuries and deaths that result from car accidents exceed $14 billion in medical expenses and productivity losses. Teens are significantly more likely to get into car accidents than their adult counterparts, and studies indicate that they are 4 times more likely to be involved in a car crash per mile driven. Some of the factors that increase the risk of teenagers being involved in accidents include:

  • The relative inexperience of teenage drivers.
  • The fact that teenagers tend to drive with more passengers, a factor that increase the risk of a car accidents.
  • Driving at night, which is risky for all age groups, but is the highest risk for teens.
  • Distracted driving – using cellphones, eating, using the radio, talking to passengers – all increase the risk of an accident.

Car accidents are the cause of a significant number of teen fatalities in the United States. In 2009, on average, 8 teens died each day as the result of auto accidents.

The CDC recommends certain steps to reduce to number of car accidents that involve teenage drivers.

  • Graduated driver licensing – GDL systems give teens driving privileges in stages designed to provide experience in low risk conditions.
  • Prohibit cell phone use for teenage drivers
  • Allow teenagers to be stopped and ticketed for not wearing seat belts
  • Strong enforcement of zero tolerance policies for underage drinking and driving

Contact a Coweta County car accident attorney today for a consultation

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Coweta County auto accident attorney to have the circumstances of your case reviewed. You may be eligible for compensation for any medical bills, loss of work, pain and suffering, or property damage that you may have suffered. Because these types of claims are subjected to a strict statute of limitations, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Any delay may risk the loss or destruction of evidence as well as the fading of eyewitness memories. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of Atlanta car accident attorneys who are dedicated to representing people injured in car accidents. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia