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Teen drivers: Safest state for driving is Maryland

Parents of teenagers in Maryland may breathe a bit easier since Carinsurance.com released information stating that Maryland is the safest state for teens drivers.

Teen drivers have a high risk of being involved in car crashes. Teens -- just like adults -- drive distracted, under the influence or while fatigued. These are common reasons for crashes involving teenagers.

There is another reason why they are often involved in motor vehicle accidents, including inexperience.The Carinsurance.com study looked at at Maryland's car crash statistics, along with practice time, the graduated license program and law enforcement. That is what helped Maryland come out on top as the safety state for teen drivers.

According to a spokesperson with the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, "We won't be satisfied until we have zero young driver fatalities, and that's truly our goal in Maryland." Teens must follow the rules for the "Rookie Driver" program developed by the MVA.

The program awards teens driving eligibility in different stages. They must complete requirements for a learner's permit and training. Then they must take a skills test. The whole process is said to be stricter than those found in other parts of the U.S.

More than 500 people were killed on the state's roads last year. Twenty-one of those fatalities were teenagers.

If your teenage son or daughter has been injured in an accident that wasn't his or her fault, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.

Source: CBS Baltimore, "Maryland Named Safest State In The U.S. For Teen Drivers," Amy Yensi, May 08, 2017

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