Teenage Driving Fatalities Up for First Time in Almost a Decade

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Oct 19, 2016 in Car Accidents

ambulance and wrecked carThe Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released a study revealing that the number of deaths from traffic accidents involving teenage drivers has increased for the first time in nearly 10 years.  

GHSA researchers analyzed traffic fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and found that deaths from traffic accidents with teenage drivers increased by 10 percent in 2015.

The increase ends almost a decade of steady declines in traffic fatalities involving teenage drivers, as the number of deaths went from 8,241 in 2005 to just 4,272 in 2014.

Speeding is a Major Problem Among Teenage Drivers

Federal data reveals that speeding was a factor in one-third of the 14,000 fatal teenage-driver crashes that occurred in the last five years.  

A new AAA survey titled Skills of Novice Teen Drivers shows that speeding is a bad habit that many teenagers develop when they are learning how to drive a car.

AAA surveyed 142 driving instructors from across the country and found that speeding is one of the most common mistakes teenagers make when they are learning to drive.

The other two most common mistakes are:

  • Distracted driving. This includes texting or talking on a cellphone, eating, drinking, or speaking to other passengers while driving.
  • Poor visual scanning. This means that teenagers tend to look straight ahead and are failing to scan roads for hazards.

Teenagers are picking up some of these bad habits from their parents, according to Jennifer Ryan, AAA director of State Relations.  

AAA advises parents to take the following steps to help teenagers develop safe driving habits:

  • Talk to them on a regular basis about safe driving and the dangers of speeding and distracted driving.
  • Practice driving with teenagers in various weather and road conditions.
  • Maintain family road rules and enforce them with your teen driver.
  • Be a positive example of safety when you are behind the wheel.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a negligent driver, contact Stewart Bell, PLLC today and speak to one of our experienced auto accident attorneys. Find out what your legal options are and if you are entitled to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation.

Contact us today by calling 304-345-1700 or chat live with a legal representative.

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