New Study Shows Risk Of Deadly Teen Crashes Rises With Teen Passengers

A study released Wednesday shows the more teen passengers a teen driver has in a vehicle while driving, the greater the chances that teen will be involved in a fatal wreck. The study, from AAA research showed 9,578 teens aged 16 and 17 were involved in deadly crashes throughout the country. Of those, 42 percent or 3,994 had teen passengers at the time. Currently, motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Statistically, distractions like cell phones and radios increase the dangers of teens driving because they are much less experienced.

The research showed that speeding increased from 30 percent to 44 percent with two teen passengers and 48 percent with three teen passengers. Late-night driving increased from 17 percent to 22 percent with two teen passengers and 28 percent with three or more passengers. Drinking and driving also increased up from 13 percent without teen passengers to 17 percent with two teen passengers and 18 percent with three or more teen passengers.

AAA recommends states adopt and enforce graduated driver’s licenses for new drivers, along with other additional limitations as drivers gain experience.

If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries in any type of motor vehicle accident, it is imperative to speak with a Wisconsin personal injury attorney today. Call for your immediate consultation.


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