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Teen drivers: More likely to be involved in fatal accidents

Teenagers are at a pivotal time in their lives. They're learning to drive, to enjoy an adult lifestyle as they reach their late teens, and some may even be learning to be more independent. Teens are at risk of being in car accidents more often than others, and they can be a risk on the road. Many times, teens are the people who cause accidents, and if you're struck by one who has just learned to drive or who was distracted on the roads, then you'll want to know that you can get the compensation you need with the help of your attorney.

The truth is that teens are more likely to be involved in crashes than other people, even though they tend to drive less. The fatality rate for teens is around three times higher for those between 16 and 19 than for those who are 20 or older. The highest risk group is people between the ages of 16 and 17, which corresponds to the group most likely to just be receiving their licenses.

So what's the problem that leads to so many accidents? A lack of skill is an issue. Even with driving instruction, teens haven't had as much real-world driving experience as other adults. Graduated licensing systems can help reduce the risk of accidents involving teens, it's been found. For instance, restricting night driving could stop teens from being out too late or driving when they aren't skilled enough to avoid a crash. Reducing the number of teens in a vehicle and raising the licensing age has also shown to lower the risk of teen accidents.

Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, "Teenagers," accessed Nov. 11, 2015

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