How Safe are Teenage Drivers?
Written by Greg on March 5, 2020
Every year, thousands of teenagers learn to drive and obtain learner’s licenses. Teen drivers are inexperienced and are more likely to get into accidents on the roads. About six teens die every day in the United States in motor vehicle accidents.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vehicular accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Each year, over 2,400 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 die in vehicle crashes, and almost 300,000 visit emergency rooms for treatment due to car accidents.
What Causes Teen Driving Accidents?
Driver distraction is the leading cause of accidents with teen drivers. Texting is the main teenage driver distraction leading to a car wreck.
Laws are in place to reduce and prevent teen car accidents. Texas has a graduated driver’s license in place that requires young drivers to gain experience before they can drive alone or carry passengers. The causes of vehicle accidents generally fall into several categories, including human error, mechanical malfunction, and external conditions such as weather or road debris. Sometimes a crash may have multiple causes and contributing factors. Teen drivers are less experienced, and they may have difficulty making quick decisions when faced with various new situations.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 57% of teen car accidents are caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving may include a variety of actions, including texting while behind the wheel. In about a third of accidents, teens were driving while they were drowsy. A study done by Liberty Mutual found that about 78% of teens reported they had texted while they were driving.
What are the Best Cars for New Drivers?
The best new SUV on the list is the Honda HR-V. The compact car with the best rating was the Kia Forte, which ranges in price from $25,000 to $30,000. Parents often purchase used vehicles for teen drivers, but when doing so, be aware of the safety features and ratings to make an informed choice.
Some vehicles are deemed safer than others. Parents may want to consider choosing a vehicle for their teen best suited to new drivers. U.S. News & World Report publishes an annual list of the best cars for teen drivers. They choose vehicles according to the reliability, crash test scores, and safety technology, and other criteria that parents should consider when they purchase a vehicle for their new family driver.
The report provides a variety of top vehicle choices in various categories and price ranges. In 2019, the best-ranked subcompact was the Hyundai Accent in the under $20,000 range. The Volkswagen Jetta made the list for vehicles ranging from $20,000 to $25,000.
Hurt by a Teen Driver?
If you were hurt in a vehicle accident with a teen or any other driver, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The negligent driver may owe you money to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. You can discover more about how to collect money for your auto accident in Houston with a free initial consultation with Baumgartner Law Firm. Contact us today to discuss your case.