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Teens at Greater Risk of Car Accident Injuries than Adults

Posted on July 29, 2017

Learning how to drive and becoming comfortable behind the wheel can be risky endeavors. In fact, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and teens are more likely than adults to get into accidents. There were 221,313 teens between the ages of 16-19 who received emergency treatment for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes in 2014. And in 2015, more than 2,300 teens ages 16-19 were killed in car accidents.

Recent Teen Accident Examples

In July, a car carrying six teenagers crashed into a tree in Payne County near Cushing, killing a 16-year-old girl and injuring five others.

The teen driver sped through an intersection with the headlights off, becoming airborne. She lost control of the car when it landed and drive into the tree before coming to a stop in a pasture. The four backseat passengers weren’t wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle. One of those passengers is the girl who died at the scene. Officials suspect that excess speed was the cause of the single-car accident.

In June, a teen driver ran a stop sign in Tulsa and T-boned another car, injuring one person. The teen was driving a car full of teenage passengers. One of the cars drove into someone’s front yard and almost ran into the house.

Why Are Teen Drivers More at Risk of Getting Into Accidents?

According to the CDC, there are several reasons that teenagers are more likely to get into car accidents than adults. For example:

  • It’s more difficult for teens to recognize dangerous situations.
  • Teens are more likely to make critical errors when behind the wheel.
  • Teens are also more likely to speed and to tailgate (not maintain a safe distance) vehicles in front of them.
  • Teens also have the lowest rate of seatbelt use (the July accident where four passengers were ejected from the vehicle is one example).

The bottom line is that teenagers who are just learning how to drive don’t always drive safely or properly respond to hazardous situations. That is why they are more likely than adults to be involved in serious car crashes.

Contact Our Office for Help

If your teenager has been injured in a car accident, if you have been injured by a teen driver, contact the law office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C., today. We will help you recover compensation for your injuries.