We all know that teen drivers get in a lot of car crashes. Statistics support what we intuitively know—that teenagers’ inexperience and immaturity as drivers lead to them being involved in a disproportionately high number of car accidents.
Statistical studies on this issue show that the risk is highest for 16 year-old drivers and that it gradually drops after that. Remarkably, the crash rate per mile for 16 year-olds is double that of 18-19 year-olds.
Teenage drivers are more prone to speeding and tailgating. And their lack of maturity and experience as drivers impede their ability to appreciate and avoid driving hazards. The danger of young drivers on the road is amplified by their frequent use of cell phones to text or make calls to friends, and by distractions from friends riding as passengers.
The statistics are sobering:
- Every year, about 100 teenage drivers die on Indiana roadways, and about 7,000 teenage drivers are injured as the result of car accidents. The fatalities and injuries represent about 15% of all car-related fatalities and injuries in Indiana.
- In the US as a whole, more than 5,000 teenagers die in car accidents each year.
- 37% of deaths among 13-17 year-olds occurred in car crashes, making it the leading cause of death for this age group.
- Approximately 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in car crashes were males.
As parents and in our society as a whole, we need to accept responsibility to ensure our children are well-trained to drive safely before we allow them the privilege of driving on their own. They need to understand the dangers and unpredictability of driving. And we need to constantly monitor our children’s driving to make sure they’re heeding our warnings.
Despite all of our efforts, though, injuries and death from teenage car crashes are inevitable. If you or a loved one is affected by such a tragedy, contact Pavlack Law at (317) 251-1100 to set up a free consultation so we can explain how we can help.
Safety First! Pavlack Law Second.