Speed as a Factor in Teenage Crashes
Written by Greg on December 23, 2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are considered the leading cause of death for teen drivers in the United States. As the CDC points out, in 2011 alone approximately 2,650 individuals between the ages of 16-19 were killed in a crash, while approximately 292,000 individuals were treated in emergency departments for injuries obtained through crashes.
Perhaps what is more startling, according to the research is that teen drivers (15-24) only make up 14% of the population, however are responsible for approximately 30% of total costs of crashes, at approximately $19 billion. Moreover, the research notes that males in this age bracket hold 28% of those figures, fostering in costs totaling $7 billion.
These numbers work to show that teen driving can lead to an increased amount of accidents overall. Although, there are many factors that can contribute to accidents involving teens, such as drinking and driving, inexperience, distraction, and nighttime driving; one of the most prevalent factors is speeding.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”raised” width=”700px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]”The number of serious injury accidents involving speed and younger drivers is shocking!”
Houston Attorney Greg Baumgartner [/dropshadowbox]
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens are far more likely than older drivers to not only speed, but also to speed at a much higher rate above the posted limit.
As the CDC mentions, approximately 37% of teen drivers were later discovered to be speeding at the time of the crash. There are many reasons that teen drivers may speed:
• Overconfidence. One of the biggest problems when it comes to teen drivers is the belief that they are “invincible.” This leads to the idea that speeding comes without consequences.
• Encouragement by Passengers. As research will show many teen drivers have other teens as their passengers. With peer pressure in full force, many teens speed at the encouragement of their peers, and collectively, research shows that teens are more competitive. Thus, when a dare is made or teens are unwilling to utilize proper driving etiquette speeding in imminent.
• Inability to assess risk or hazards. In a similar vein to overconfidence, teenagers may not always be privy to the risks or hazards associated with speeding. For instance, they may know that it is “bad”, but assume that it’s because it can lead to arrests. However, studies will show that speeding will cause a car to take longer to slow down, can cause other drivers to react quickly, and can cause a car to lose control.
• Other factors. Not only is speeding bad in itself, but it can also intensify the danger when other factors are added into the mix. Speeding can also be evaluated by inexperience, drinking and driving, driving at night, distraction, as well as other actions.
As one can imagine, speeding is extremely dangerous and is made more so by the lack of caution that is displayed when engaging in this very harmful practice. Many teenagers feel that speeding is something that should be lauded when instead; it is something that can potentially cause loss of life, not only for teens and their passengers, but potentially for others as well.
Talk to your children about the dangers of driving fast!
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