Although most teenagers are itching to get a driver’s license and the keys to a car, many parents are often worried for this day to come as many teenage drivers lose their lives in auto accidents every year. It’s long been known that teenagers are in one of the highest groups of drivers likely to be involved in fatal collisions. However, new information might relieve some parents’ worry.
According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of teenage fatalities in car crashes has declined over 50 percent in the past decade. In 2004, 5,724 teenagers died in traffic accidents compared to 2,568 teen fatalities in 2013. The good news doesn’t stop there, the overall crash rate for the youngest teen drivers has dropped from 20 to 40 percent.
So what are the factors helping reduce teenage traffic deaths?
- New technology and safety features on vehicles. Electronic stability control systems help to keep cars in line when a driver starts to lose control. Also, there are many cars and cell phone apps that turn off a cell phone while the car is driving so a teenager driver isn’t tempted to text or talk and drive.
- Graduated license programs. These programs help keep teens safe by restricting teenage passengers and nighttime driving. As a result, there are many teenagers waiting from age 16 until they are 18-years-old to drive, which provides them with more maturity.
- Fewer miles driven. Due to the economic downturn, many drivers weren’t taking extra trips in their cars, and many parents were only allowing their teenagers to drive to school to save on gas money. This resulted in fewer instances behind the wheel, which reduced the overall amount a teenager drove; thus, reducing car accidents.
Although this good news shows teenage car accident deaths have declined, there are still many teenagers who aren’t so fortunate. While many fatal crashes involving teens are caused by teenage drivers themselves, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes teenagers are hit and killed by other drivers who are distracted, drunk, impaired by drugs, or driving drowsy.
If you have lost your son or daughter in a South Florida car accident due to someone else’s reckless behavior, it is important to speak with a trusted accident attorney to learn about your legal rights. You can call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 to speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer and get your legal questions answered in a free consultation today.