A car accident is the most common cause of death for teenagers, killing up to 6,000 teenagers annually. They are four times more likely to die in an accident than an older driver. They account for nearly 13% of all accidents. There are many factors that contribute to these accidents and deaths. Contact a Bridgeport personal injury attorney for more information or legal advice.
A car accident by a teen driver is often caused by one of the following factors:
- Poor hazard detection and risk perception – It takes time for new drivers to be able to detect hazards quickly and learn how to avoid them. In addition, they often underestimate the possible risk of a car accident.
- Overconfidence – Teenagers tend to be overconfident in their abilities and, therefore, take more risks. This can include traffic violation and illegal turns.
- Alcohol and drugs - Alcohol and drug use are common factors in driving-related fatalities.
- Passengers – Teenagers are likely to drive with their friends in the car, which can lead to distraction and pressure to perform risky driving maneuvers.
Texas leads the way in the most fatalities per year in accidents in which a teenage driver was involved, with 650 fatalities in 2008. California and Florida had more than 500 fatalities in accidents involving teen drivers in the same year. Rhode Island had the lowest number, with only nine accident fatalities involving teenage drivers.
Speed is a factor that can contribute to an accident. Most teens (55%) admit to going at least 10 mph over the speed limit, with 26% exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph or more. Speeding, right of way and improper turns, drugs/alcohol, improper lane changes, and improper passing may be to blame for accidents caused by teenagers.
Cell phone use is also a factor. A survey shows that 56% of teens make calls and 13% text while driving. Phone use while driving, even with a hands-free device, can impair judgment and slow a teenager’s reaction time.
Contacting a Lawyer
If you are involved in a car accident, contact a Bridgeport personal injury attorney from the Miley Legal Group. Our legal staff has more than 15 years of experience and is dedicated to personal injury victims. We also offer a free book called 7 Fatal Mistakes that will Wreck your West Virginia Accident Case. Contact us today at (304) 931-4088.