Auto Accidents Are Leading Cause Of Teen Death Nationwide

September 18, 2013

Personal injuries resulting from teen car accidents are common not only in Western New York, but throughout the country. A recent auto accident study has revealed that the highest average number of automobile accidents and traffic offenses for both men and women occur between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age.

Many ask the question, why are teenagers more likely to cause personal injury accidents than other age groups?  The answer lies squarely in the teens’ driving behavior.  Teens are inexperienced drivers and often poor at making quick judgments on the road, which is why motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teen death nationwide.  Areas where teens frequently err when driving include:

  • Poor hazard detection: detecting hazards while driving depends on a person’s perceptual and information gathering skill.  It takes quite some time for new drivers to master this ability.
  • Low risk perception: Perception of risk involves determining how great a threat is posed by a hazard and choosing how to deal with that threat. In most cases, young drivers tend to underestimate the accident risk in dangerous situations and overestimate their ability to deal with it. For instance, a young driver may attempt to negotiate a sharp bend at high speed, causing the car to lose traction and roll over.
  • Risk taking: Teens will often exceed speed limits, overtake other vehicles dangerously and act recklessly with other teens on the road.
  • Not wearing safety belts: Many young drivers ignore the need to wear seat belts while driving, which can be the difference between life and death in an accident.

If you or a loved one are the victim of an accident caused by a teenage driver, it is important to have a qualified personal injury attorney who has handled teen automobile accident claims successfully.  Call us at 716-400-0000.