We have all heard the saying, “With age comes maturity.” A new report seems to reveal that this principle applies to driving, too. Young drivers typically do not have as developed driving skills as adult drivers. In time, they become more mature through their driving experience and reactions on the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), novice drivers are the most likely to get killed in traffic accidents in Georgia and throughout the United States. In the CDC’s July 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers looked at 34,485 nationwide fatal traffic accidents and found that people from 15 to 24 years of age accounted for 22 percent of the motor vehicle deaths.
Researchers concluded that fatal car accidents are highest among young drivers, as their risk for crashing is greater. Crash rates for this age group were 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people. The study’s co-author, Laurie Beck, said that the possible causes for these rates include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Young adults are more likely to participate in higher-risk activities while driving
- Driving at night
- Driving with multiple passengers in the car
How Can Fatal Crash Rates Decrease in Young Drivers?
Although the graduated driver license program in Georgia helps reduce the amount of fatal teen car crashes in Atlanta and throughout the state because it limits a driver’s independent driving, it is not foolproof. Teen drivers can gain more skills under this graduated driver licensing program, but if they engage in other high-risk activities after they obtain their full driver’s license, their chances of being involved in a car crash increase.
Because teens often do not admit to the possible severe consequences of texting while driving, driving at night, or driving with multiple passengers in their vehicles, they put themselves at higher risk. In order to reduce these fatal numbers, parents must speak with their teenagers about driving safely, model appropriate driving behavior, and set driving rules for their teen drivers.
Additionally, parents may want to look into cell phone applications that can block teens from texting while driving or engaging in other cell phone distractions while behind the wheel.
However, sometimes teens aren’t the cause of a wreck. If your teenager was injured in a Fulton County car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, call an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer today at Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation.