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Car Crashes Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Teens

Posted By Schneider Overett || 31-Aug-2015

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Approximately 2,650 teens aged 16-19 were killed in car accidents in 2011, and another 292,000 suffered injuries. On average, this means that seven teens are killed in car crashes every day. While young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up only 14 percent of the population, they are responsible for nearly 30 percent of all motor vehicle-related injury costs.

Teens who are especially at risk for car crashes include:

  • Males aged 16-19 (their risk is twice that of their female counterparts)
  • Newly-licensed teen drivers
  • Teens driving with teen passengers or other distractions

In 2008, California alone saw 593 fatalities involving young, inexperienced drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. This high number is second only to Texas. Out of the 593 that were killed, 217 were drivers, 161 were their passengers, and 215 were occupants of other vehicles or pedestrians.

Why are Teens More Likely to be Involved in Accidents?

Teens are ultimately more at-risk for causing an accident because of their lack of experience. This lack of experience manifests itself in several different ways.

Teens are more likely to get into accidents for the following reasons:

  • They are more likely to underestimate or fail to recognize hazardous situations
  • They are more likely to take unnecessary risks
  • Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt usage of all age groups
  • Inexperienced teen drivers are more likely to be distracted by other passengers, cell phones, loud music or conversation, etc.
  • Teens are more prone to accidents at all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

If you have been involved in a car accident, do not wait to contact a Huntington Beach car accident attorney from Schneider Overett. Get started with a free initial case evaluation by calling (714) 294-2822.

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