Study: Fatal car accidents a real threat to teen drivers

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 2, 2012

Teenagers -- especially those who just got their driver's license -- have an increased risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, with more than 3,000 teenagers dying a year in car accidents, it's the No. 1 killer of teens.

When looking at why, there are a number of different factors involved. Of course there's the level of inexperience, but also not wearing a seat belt, driving under the influence and allowing distractions -- like talking and texting -- while driving.

According to the Consumer Reports study, among the fatal teen motor vehicle accidents, the teens not wearing seat belts were reported in 60 percent of the accidents. Another 27 percent who died in motor vehicle accidents had also been drinking.

Naturally, those who just got their driver's licenses are also more likely to get into a car accident. For example, a 16-year-old first year driver is more likely to get into an accident than a 19-year-old who's had their license for three years.

Another interesting factor of the report was just why many teens were engaging in dangerous and risky driving behaviors. When asked, many reported following the examples adults are leading. For example, one 17-year-old reported that she never sees adults pull over when answering a cellphone when driving. She herself also does not pull over.

Looking to the future, the hope is parents become more cognizant of the way their driving behaviors effect their children's driving behaviors.

Additionally, the Consumer Reports study offers some advice saying that aside from driver's education classes, teens need to go through more advanced trainings in order to learn what to do to become safer drivers and how to handle emergencies.

Categories: Car Accidents
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