Young drivers are a notoriously risk-prone group, often being the most expensive to insure and the subject of legislation aimed at restricting their driving privileges. Obviously, one of the main factors making younger drivers more likely to be involved in traffic accidents is their relative inexperience when it comes to driving. Experience matters when it comes to driving in bad weather conditions, nighttime driving, heavy traffic, or with other potential distractions. In addition, young people are more impulsive, meaning that they are less likely to consider the risks of certain behaviors before engaging in them.  In addition, teenagers tend to drive with more passengers in the car than their older counterparts, increasing the risk of distracted driving.

According to a 2012 report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,963 drivers between the ages of 15 to 20 years old died in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, representing a 16 percent decrease from 2009. In addition, 187,000 drivers in the same group were injured in car accidents, a decrease of 5 percent from the previous year. Car accidents are the most common cause of death for all 15-20 year olds, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Here are some more relevant statistics highlighted in the report (all statistics from 2010 data, unless otherwise noted):

  • There were 210.1 million licensed drivers in the United States. Young drivers made up 6.4 percent of the total number of drivers with 13 million licensed young drivers.
  • 4,585 drivers between 15 and 20 were involved in fatal car accidents, a 44 percent decrease from 2001. In addition, this age group had a 46 percent decrease in driver fatalities in the same period (3,617 to 1,963). The total number of drivers involved in fatal accidents decreased by 23 percent between 2001 and 2010.
  • Young drivers made up 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 14 percent of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes.
  • Within the group of young drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010, almost a third who did not have a valid driver’s license had suspensions or revocations at the time of the incident.

Contact a Fayette County auto accident lawyer for a free consultation

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced Fayette County auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Possible grounds for compensation include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and others. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of dedicated Fayette County car accident attorneys dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office at (770) 484-8900 today.

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