Risk of Fatal Car Wrecks Increase for Teenagers Drivers With Similar Aged Passengers

Teenagers who are riding with friends of a similar age are at increased risk of being in fatal accidents.

A recent study by  the Texas A & M Transportation Institute finds that  15-to-17-year-old drivers are almost eight times as likely to get into a fatal accident when they are carrying two or more teen passengers.   The study is based on an analysis  of te n years of national traffic data notes that the 30 percent increase in deaths when other teens.

According to the study, from 2002 to 2011 the number of novice teenage drivers in fatal accidents dropped by 60 percent, but the percentage of fatalities that occurred when other teens were in the vehicle increased each year.

Like many states, Tennessee has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program that  allows young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges.  Click on the link to review the Tennessee Graduated Driver License Program.

This study demonstrates that driver inexperience is only part of the problem  Teens simply fail to recognize that the presence of passengers can present a hazard to the driver because they present an increased opportunity for distraction.  Teens are also much more likely to engage in reckless behavior when other teens are in the car.

Read the full report about the dangers of teen passengers with teen drivers by clicking on the link.

The Law Offices of John Day, P.C. represents victims of automobile and truck accidents across Tennessee.  Based in Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, Davidson County, the firm offers free consultation where you can discuss your case and have your legal questions answered by an experienced personal injury attorneys.  Learn more about your rights in automobile and other motor vehicle wrecks by visiting our firm website.  Call us at 866-812-8787 or fill out our Contact Form to set up a date and time for your free consultation. 

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