It is common for parents to cringe at the thought of their children reaching the age of 16 and beginning to drive. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher for the drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 than any other age group. Per mile driven, drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers 20 and older to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash. Thus, it is no surprise that In the U.S., motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Every day, six teenagers between the ages of 16 to 19 die from injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents.
In 2014, 2,270 teenagers in the United States between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 represented only 7% of the U.S. population, they accounted for 11% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries, which amounted to $10 billion.
Among teen drivers, males, newly-licensed drivers, and teen passengers are at an especially high risk to be involved in a motor vehicle accident:
Some of the factors putting teen drivers at risk:
Half of all teenage drivers will be involved in a car crash before they graduate from high school. Teenagers who continue to practice driving with their parents reduce their risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has five rules for parents to instill in young drivers known as the “5 to Drive”:
If you or a loved one, including a teen driver, has suffered any type of injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident, contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE and you don’t pay anything unless we win. Our attorneys, past and present, have represented motor vehicle accident victims for 110 years.