Why are young drivers more likely to be in fatal accidents?
Car accidents caused by teenage drivers in Texas often result in serious injuries or fatalities. In fact, Texas ranks in the top 10 states in the country when it comes to teen driver car accident fatalities.
But it’s not just Texas that has a problem. Nationwide, teenagers cause a significant number of car crashes, especially during the summer. “Young drivers are statistically more likely than other age groups to be involved in fatal accidents,” according to Bumper, a website that recently studied the issue.
So why do teen drivers in Texas cause so many collisions? Why is the problem even worse during the summer? And are there any ways to prevent such crashes in the future? Our Dallas, TX car accident attorneys at Marye Law break down what you should know.
Texas among top 10 for teen driver car accident fatalities
Traffic safety experts at Bumper recently studied car accident deaths by state from 2019 to 2021 involving crashes caused by drivers 15 to 20 years old between the period of 2019 and 2021. The website then ranked each state by how many deaths teen drivers cause each year.
Texas was ranked the 10th highest state based on the number of teen driver deaths. There were 6.17 fatalities involving a teen driver for every 10,000 teenage drivers during that two-year period.
And the problem only seems to be getting worse in Texas. A previous study conducted by ValuePenguin ranked Texas the 14th worst state in the nation for teen driving fatalities. In that study, teen drivers caused 139.5 deaths each year on average in Texas between 2011 and 2020.
Teen accidents are common during the summer
Another part of the recent road safety study conducted by Bumper examined why car crashes caused by teens increase dramatically during the summer months. In nearly every state nationwide, teenagers cause more car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Other traffic safety researchers have come to the same conclusion. The time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often called the “100 Deadliest Days” due to the high number of teen driver fatalities.
Even worse, the numbers are rising. Between 2011 and 2020, teen drivers were involved in 7,316 fatal car accidents during the summer, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. During the summer of 2021, teen driver fatalities soared to 900 deaths, a 6 percent increase compared to 2020 and 25 percent higher compared to 2019.
Common causes of teen driving car crashes
Road safety researchers have identified three common causes of collisions caused by teen drivers – speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving:
- Speed played a role in 44.4 percent of teen driver deaths nationwide from 2011 to 2020, according to ValuePenguin.
- 23 percent of teen car accident fatalities involved young drivers under the influence of alcohol.
- Distracted driving involving teen drivers resulted in 13,554 deaths nationwide from 2011 to 2020. And texting while driving isn’t the only distraction. Having another teen in the vehicle can be even more distracting, researchers report.
How to prevent teen driver accidents
Many traffic safety experts believe the best way to reduce the number of car crashes caused by teenagers starts with their parents. “You have more influence on your teen than you may think,” states the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its ‘Teen Driving’ safety page. “Be a good example and get involved in their driving habits from the beginning, and stay involved for the duration of their teen years.”
In addition, parents should be good role models themselves on the road. “Remember that your child looks to you as a driver, so practice safe driving yourself,” writes the NHTSA.
Our Dallas, TX car accident lawyers are here to help
You might think you don’t need a lawyer if you or someone you love was injured by a young driver. Unfortunately, many collisions quickly turn into complicated legal cases. That’s why it’s critical that you have an attorney on your side, fighting for your rights and aggressively advocating for your best interests.
Our experienced car accident lawyers at Marye Law can help you every step of the way. We know the law. We understand how the legal system works in Texas. And we’re prepared to do the work to get the job done right.
Put your trust in a Dallas law firm that puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with a car accident attorney you can count on in a crisis. We work on a contingency fee basis. That means you only have to pay us if we secure a financial settlement or verdict for you.