We have discussed in previous newsletters how teen drivers are more susceptible to fatal vehicle accidents than other drivers are. This is because they are more likely to participate in dangerous activities like distracted driving.
However, even though fatal accident rates remain higher for teens than other drivers, statistics also indicate that the numbers of fatal accidents involving teens are decreasing. According to Reuters, the number of fatal crashes involving teens has dropped by more than half over the past decade, as more young people are receiving restricted licenses.
“Many factors are probably at play, but there is wide agreement the graduated licensing programs are an important contributor to the decline in fatal crashes,” said Ruth Shults, a researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Reuters.
In addition to graduated license programs initiated by states, some experts said that current economic factors might be playing a role in decreased accidents, as fewer parents can afford to give their children access to vehicles.
According to the CDC, drivers aged 16 to 19 involved in fatal crashes fell by 55 percent to 2,568 in 2013, down from 5,724 in 2004. You can learn more about New Jersey’s graduated license program (GDL) by clicking here.
My Teen Was Involved in an Auto Accident. Should I Contact an Attorney?
It is great that the number of fatal accidents involving teens has decreased. As we have stated previously, while GDL programs have helped reduce accidents, no single law can prevent crashes from occurring. Unfortunately, any number of teens killed in a vehicle accident is too many.
If you have been injured or your loved one has been killed in a vehicle accident, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. Our Atlantic City injury lawyer can help you seek justice following a crash. This can include if your child was a passenger in a vehicle.
For more information about how we have helped accident victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page.
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