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Teens have the highest fatal accident rates 

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2022 | Car Accidents, Wrongful Death

Any driver can cause a fatal accident, and there’s always a certain level of risk. Perhaps it’s an elderly driver who has trouble keeping control of the car, or perhaps it’s a middle-aged business person who is distracted during their morning commute. Every time you go on the road, you have to share that space with a lot of other drivers who could cause a serious crash at any time.

However, the statistics make it very clear that the largest risk you face comes from teen drivers. When compared to those who are 20 years of age and older, the fatal accident rates for the age group from 16 to 19 years old are three times higher. Since this age group is so small, this is a very disproportionate rate that shows that teenagers are causing serious accidents far too often.

Why are teen drivers so dangerous?

One of the biggest reasons that this happens is that teen drivers lack experience. It’s not their fault, as they simply haven’t been driving for very long, but this lack of experience can lead to mistakes that a driver in their 20s with more experience simply wouldn’t make.

In this sense, it’s comparable to any other skill that you can learn. At the very beginning of that learning process, you are bound to make more mistakes. The issue with driving is simply that the mistakes that teenagers make behind the wheel can cause serious injuries to others and may even result in fatal accidents.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by another driver and you have suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.