As disturbing as it may sound, approximately six teenagers are killed in car accidents in Pennsylvania and all across the United States each day. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers in our country.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of these accidents involving a teenager are caused by a teenage driver. And most of the time, these crashes are caused by driver inexperience, distracted driving, drunk or drugged driving (or both), reckless driving, and a teenage driving with teen passengers.
Our Philadelphia teen driver accident attorney from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., says that teenagers get into more car crashes out of all age groups. In case you are wondering, approximately 970,000 teenagers are involved in car crashes each year, and some of them get into several car accidents per year.
Why are teenage drivers more likely to cause car accidents?
But why are teenage drivers at a greater risk of causing a car crash in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania? This can be explained by the following five factors:
- Driver inexperience. Since teen driver accidents involve teenager drivers between the ages of 16 and 19, it makes sense that lack of experience plays a vital role in car accidents. In fact, statistics show that teenage drivers are more likely to cause a car crash in their first year of driving. And it’s not surprising why. After all, driving requires practice and knowledge of all traffic rules, not to mention good reaction times, judgement and decision-making abilities, all of which take time to get good at.
- Distracted driving. Although a driver is very likely to get distracted while operating a vehicle regardless of his or her age, teen drivers tend to use their cell phone and other gadgets while driving much more frequently than other age groups. As you may have guessed, reading and sending texts on a cell phone is the most common cause of distracted driving among teenagers in the U.S.
- Drunk or drugged driving. Unfortunately, teenage years are usually associated with lots of alcohol and experimenting with drugs. And although it would be unfair to say that 100 percent of teenagers drink alcohol or take drugs, it is a proven fact that a large percentage of car crashes involving teen drivers are caused by teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Reckless driving. Teenage drivers are also more likely to engage in reckless driving behaviors compared to other age groups. In fact, statistics show that more than 22 percent of all teen driver accidents are caused by speeding, while more than 50 percent of all fatal car accidents involving teenagers are caused by a teen driver traveling too fast. Other common types of reckless driving such as tailgating, failure to yield, unsafely changing lanes, and running red lights are also quite “popular” among teenagers in the U.S.
- Driving with teen passengers. It has been known for years that a teenage driver is two times more likely to cause a car crash if he or she is driving with one or more teen passengers compared to driving alone. In fact, the risk of getting into a car accident triples when a teenage driver has more than two teenage passengers. This can be explained by multiple factors, including peer pressure, bad influence, trying to show off or appear cool, a higher likelihood of taking risks, as well as drunk or drugged driving.
In addition to these factors, teenage drivers are also more likely to suffer serious and life-threatening injuries and are more likely to die in car accidents because many of them are not wearing seatbelts. Statistically speaking, more than 55 percent of teenage drivers killed in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a teenage driver, speak to our experienced teenage driver accident attorney in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Let our skilled lawyers evaluate your case and help you maximize the value of your compensation by holding the teen driver’s parents liable. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., at 215-543-7220 to schedule a free consultation.