A recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found deaths among 16 and 17 year old drivers increased by 19 percent in the first half of 2012. The study was based on data collected from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
During the first half of 2012, 16 year old driver fatalities increased from 86 to 107, an increase of 24 percent. Among 17 year old drivers, fatalities increased from 116 to 133, a change of 15 percent. 25 states saw increases in the death rate among young drivers, while eight states and the District of Columbia reported that there were no changes.
According to researchers, the increase in teen driver deaths may be due to the fact that the benefits of state graduated driver licensing programs are leveling off. An improved economic climate may also be leading to more teens driving, increasing their exposure to serious accidents.
Preventing Teen Driver Accidents
Parents can help teens stay safe behind the wheel in several ways. Set ground rules for teen driving, including regular use of seat belts. Prohibit teens from talking on cell phones or texting behind the wheel, and limit the number of passengers a teen driver may transport at any one time.
If your teen driver has been injured in a car accident, you have certain legal rights. To learn more about seeking compensation and holding negligent parties responsible for their actions, please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated San Diego car accident attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers. Our number is (888) 233-5020. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.