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Teen Drivers 8 Times More Likely to be Involved in Fatal Accidents

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Nick Naughton4 years ago

A new study has concluded that teen drivers are at a greater risk of getting into an accident when they have peer passengers with them.

Description of the Study

  • The study took statistics from national traffic data from the last 10 years and also hypothesized a link between accidents and texting was a cause as texting became popular in the early 2000’s.
  • Many states have implemented their own rules and regulations on how many passengers a novice driver can have in the first few months they are driving (i.e. Maryland and Virginia; “no passengers for the first six months and no more than two after that”).
  • Although rates of teen driving accidents have gone down, rates for death among passengers has gone up because drivers are more easily distracted and take greater risks when driving.
  • From 2012, the percentage of teenage drivers in fatal accidents has increased by 19 percent.

Teen Diving Statistics

  • A study that was released Thursday showed that 15-to17-year-olds are about 8x more likely to get into a fatal accident when they are carrying two or more teen passengers.
  • Currently, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for children 19-year-old as they are three times more likely to die in an accident than other age groups.
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