According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2015, an estimated six teenagers a day died as a result of motor vehicle accidents. This age group is the most likely to die or suffer serious injuries due to car accidents than any other age category. This sad statistic applies to teenagers in Connecticut as well as the rest of the country.
There are several behavioral trends that place young drivers at a higher risk for crashes. Some of these include the tendency that teen drivers have to speed and tailgate. This driving style is even more likely to occur when there are other teenagers in the car. Male teens are more likely to speed and drive aggressively than their female counterparts.
Along with inexperience and a tendency to engage in unsafe driving behaviors, teenagers have the lowest compliance with seat belt laws. An estimated 61 percent stated that they use safety restraints when traveling with other drivers. Younger teen drivers — between the ages of 16 and 17 — are the most likely to be in a car accident, partially due to their lack of experience in discerning hazardous driving situations and inability to make crucial decisions while driving.
These deaths are preventable with proper education and other strategies to improve safe driving. One of the first steps parents and educators can take is ensure that teens are aware of the eight categories that can lead to car accidents, including peak driving times, alcohol consumption and inattentive driving. Furthermore, enforcing seat belt usage could help prevent many of these needless deaths. Unfortunately, not every accident can be prevented and serious injuries or loss of life will continue to devastate many Connecticut families. Whenever a victim has suffered serious physical and financial harm as a result of an inattentive or negligent driver, he or she is entitled to pursue compensation through personal injury claims in civil court.
Source: cdc.gov, “Teen Drivers: Get the Facts“, Accessed on March 26, 2018