Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Oct 24, 2016 in Car Accidents
Fatal car accidents involving teenage drivers are on the rise, according to a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
Researchers analyzed federal crash data and discovered that fatalities from car crashes involving teenage drivers increased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015. The data shows that 4,272 people lost their lives in these accidents in 2014 while 4,689 people died in these crashes in 2015.
This was the first increase in fatalities from teenage-driver crashes in almost 10 years, as fatalities decreased from 8,241 in 2005 to 4,272 in 2014.
However, while there was a 51 percent decline in fatalities in accidents with teenagers younger than 18, the decrease was only 40 percent for 18 and 19-year-olds.
That could be an indication that older teenagers have not received the amount of training they need to be safe drivers.
That is why Pam Fischer, the consultant who wrote the study, is recommending that all states extend their graduated licensing programs from 18 years old to 21 years old.
These programs limit the times and the reasons why teenagers can drive and they have been shown to reduce the risk of crashes with teenage drivers by 30 percent.
In most states, these programs end by the time drivers turn 18. However, research has shown that one in three teenagers does not obtain a driver's license before turning 18.
The numbers show that older teenagers are not ready to have a regular driver's license if they have not had enough training, says Fischer, a nationally-recognized teenage driving expert.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident with a teenage driver, contact our car accident lawyers today for a free legal consultation. We will fight for fair compensation for your injuries.