What Parents Of Teen Drivers Need To Know About The Cars Their Teenagers Are Driving

The leading cause of teenage deaths in this nation continues to be motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, about seven 16- to 19-years-olds are killed in traffic collisions every day across America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although there are many causes of fatal teenage car crashes including texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperience at the wheel, or another driver’s negligence, one contributing factor is the type of cars teenagers drive.

According to USA Today, a new study authored by researchers for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at the government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to study teen crash deaths. The study found that about half of teen crash fatalities were in older vehicles. More specifically, the study revealed:

  • Nearly 50% of drivers from 15- to 17-years-old between 2008 and 2012 were killed in car accidents in which their vehicles was at least 11 years old.
  • About one-third of teen drivers who were killed between those years drove small cars.
  • Teen drivers tend to drive older and smaller vehicles compared to middle-aged drivers.
  • Larger vehicles result in fewer fatalities than smaller cars.
  • Older vehicles often have fewer safety features and are generally less safe compared to newer cars.

The researchers cite a survey from May 2014, in which 60% of teenage drivers drive cars at least eight years old, according to parents surveyed. In addition 82% of teens who died in crashes drove cars at least six years old, according to a FARS analysis. What these statistics reveal is that teens overwhelmingly drive older cars, which tend to be less safe.

It is common knowledge that newer cars are typically safer due to newer technology, such as airbags, electronic stability control, and better crashworthiness; however, parents tend to put their teen drivers in older cars due to affordability.  In fact, according to an analysis of federal data by the Wall Street Journal, there has been a sharp decrease in deaths in newer cars. This is mainly due to the safety features in the newer vehicles.

If your teenage son or daughter was killed in a Florida car crash, whether he or she was driving an older or newer car, you may have legal rights to pursue justice and just compensation. Find out more by speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer in South Florida. You can reach the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a complimentary consultation today.