Drivers 16 to 20 years of age have a higher rate of involvement in fatal crashes than any other age group. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by an inexperienced or teenage driver, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve Manhattan and New York City, representing people who have been injured in car accidents.
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How Big Is the Problem of Teen Driver Accidents?
As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. CDC reports that in U.S. traffic crashes in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available:
- 2,333 teens ages 16 to 19 were killed
- 235,845 were treated for crash injuries in emergency rooms
- Six teens ages 16 to 19 died every day
How Common Are Fatal Teenage Driver Accidents?
The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that in 2016, there were 12,002,717 licensed drivers ages 16 to 20. A total of 4,412 of these young, inexperienced drivers were involved in fatal crashes, at an involvement rate of 36.76%. Drivers ages 21 to 24 had only a slightly lower fatal accident involvement rate of 36.19%.
Risk Factors in Teen Driver Accidents
Drivers ages 16 to 19 have a higher risk of being involved in a crash than any other age group. As stated by CDC, these drivers are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers ages 20 and older. The greatest accident risk among teen drivers is associated with:
- Inexperienced, newly licensed teens: The crash risk is particularly high during the first six months.
- Male teen drivers: In 2016, the motor vehicle death rate among male drivers ages 16 to 19 was twice that of females of the same age.
- Driving with teen passengers: The presence of teen passengers in a vehicle increases the risk of an accident, and the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
Causes of Inexperienced or Teenage Driver Accidents
Many teenage driver accidents are caused by driver factors including:
- Critical decision errors that lead to crashes
- Inability to recognize or correctly estimate hazardous or dangerous situations
- Speeding and tailgating
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
Among male drivers 15 to 20 years of age who were in involved in fatal crashes in 2015, 32% were speeding and 22% had been drinking alcohol. Fifteen percent of drivers ages 15 to 20 involved in fatal accidents in 2016 had blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8% or higher.
Contact Us for Help after a Teenage Driver Accident
Statistics show that inexperienced teenage drivers are more likely than older adults to cause an accident. If you have been injured in a teen driver crash, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. for the legal assistance you need to recover significant compensation for your losses. We maintain a smaller caseload, so we can provide you with the personalized attention you and your case deserve.