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Can teen fatal accident rates be reduced?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

One clear trend in car accident rates is that some teenagers pose a serious risk to both themselves and everyone they share the road with. They are involved in fatal accidents at a higher rate than any other age group. They are a very small age group, so the total number of accidents may be lower, but it still shows that there is a significant risk.

There are many reasons for this, such as distracted driving, speeding, talking to passengers, listening to the radio, running red lights and much more. But the root cause, in many cases, is that teenagers just lack experience as drivers.

Driving is like any other skill

The best way to think about driving is that it’s like any other complex skill that you could learn, from using heavy equipment to playing a musical instrument to using a computer system. When you first start, you’re going to make more mistakes. But as you gain experience, your abilities will flourish and those mistakes will become less common.

But the issue with driving is that it takes time for teens to get this experience. They are going to cause accidents while they do. The ramifications are much more significant than if they made mistakes learning to play an instrument or use a computer. 

But there’s no substitute for the actual experience of driving and encountering problematic situations that they can learn from. As such, teenagers will probably always pose a relatively high accident risk. Those who suffer injuries in crashes they cause need to know how to seek compensation. Contact our law firm for more information.