Teen Driver Accident Statistics
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, one teen driver was involved in a fatal or injury causing accident every 1.3 hours in 2009.
As adults, it is easy to understand the many reasons for teen driver accidents because we have been there and done it ourselves. There is nothing quite like the first time driving a vehicle on your own and exploring the open road with no supervisions. Unfortunately, this lack of supervision is often the cause of many teen driver accidents.
The auto accident attorneys at Harbin & Burnett understand how frustrating of a situation an accident may be, especially for a new driver. Our drivers have recognized this frustration and will work relentlessly while seeking the MAXIMUM compensation benefits for all injuries and damages, while assisting clients in finding the proper care on their way to a healthy recovery.
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Teenage Driving Statistics
Statistics show that during the first few months of a teen driving are the most dangerous time for these young individuals to become involved in an accident. This is largely due to the fact that these young drivers are not able to recognize common hazards which are presented on our roadways, along with a lower understanding of all traffic laws.
Some teenage driver statistics include:
- 14% of the miles driven by 16 and 17 year olds are between 9PM and 6am
- 22% of drivers 15 to 20 years old were involved in fatal accidents throughout 2010
- 32% of fatal teenage accidents are between 9pm and 6AM
- 34% of teens ages 16 to 17 say they have texted while driving
- 54% of high school students say they have worn a seatbelt in 2011
- 58% of teenage accidents are between 9pm and midnight
- 75% of teenage accidents are caused by critical errors
- Crash rates for 16 year olds doubles while night driving
- Teen males age 16 to 19 had two times the fatality rate of women 16 to 19 in 2010
Across our South Carolina roadways, teen drivers are responsible for 15 percent of the total automobile deaths. Of course, car crashes do not always result in death, but there are many common causes for adolescent drivers to become involved in an accident.
Leading Causes of Adolescent Driver Collisions
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has expressed that a total of 3,023 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 died in automobile accidents throughout the nation in 2011. This number is 65 percent less than in 1975 and three percent less than 2010. Throughout this time period, there have been several factors which have been associated with these types of accidents, while there are also a few factors that have not appeared until recent times.
Some causes of adolescent driver accidents include:
- Distracted Drivers
- Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road
- Excessive Speeding
- Failing to Obey Traffic Signals
- Failure to Use Turn Signals
- Failure to Yield
- Improper Turns
- Loud Music
- Peer Pressure
- Texting While Driving
By taking the proper courses and recognizing the risks involved with performing these actions, and other negligent actions, has helped reduce the total amount of teen driver accidents throughout the nation, as figures from above have demonstrated. However, there continue to be many injuries and deaths which occur each year.
Inexperienced Driver Injury Types
In most cases, teen drivers are not able to recognize certain hazards as drivers with more experience are able to do. As a result, teen drivers have a higher chance of becoming involved in an accident which causes injuries and could lead to death. Typically, this will depend on the speed of travel along with the location of the accident and if the occupants were wearing seatbelts.
Some driver injury types include:
- Air Bag Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Dental Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Facial Injuries
- Internal Damages
- Nerve Damage
- Passenger Injuries
- Skull Fracture
- Spinal Damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Whiplash Injuries
- Wrist Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Following any type of accident injury, it is recommended that individuals seek immediate medical attention. This will help to prevent further injuries from occurring and have you on your way to a speedy recovery. It will also provide you with necessary medical documents which can be used against the negligent and injury causing drivers while seeking justice.
Contact Our Auto Accident Attorneys Today
Being involved in an automobile accident is always unfortunate, while being involved in a serious accident with a teen driver may be increasingly difficult. At Harbin & Burnett our attorneys have great sympathy for all injured victims of auto accidents and will seek the MAXIMUM compensation benefits allowable.
Having obtained MILLIONS in successful verdicts and settlements* for our clients over the years, our attorneys are able to put this experience to use for each of our clients. Based in Anderson, South Carolina, our attorneys are able to serve the entire state and elsewhere.
Some of the local Anderson locations our attorneys serve include:
- Travelers Rest
In addition to serving these locations, we also serve many of the cities, towns, and suburbs in the surrounding areas. If you are interested in learning more about our law firm, or if you believe that you may have a case, we encourage you to contact our helpful team at 1-888-821-0247 today.
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