Maryland teens may be at higher risk for fatal accidents when they have teenage passengers. New research released by the American Automobile Association’s Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teen drivers with teenage passengers have a 51 percent higher risk of getting in a fatal car crash.
Interestingly, the rate of a fatal accident decreased eight percent when teen drivers had a passenger over the age of 35 in the vehicle. This goes to show that teen drivers under adequate supervision make better choices and are less likely to get in a crash. AAA recommends that teen drivers have at least 100 hours of supervised driving with a parent or qualified instructor before driving alone with teenage passengers.
AAA also reports that a 16- or 17-year old driver’s risk of dying in a crash quadruples when they have three or more passengers under the age of 21 in the vehicle. The risk doubles when there are two young passengers, and increases by 44 percent when a single teen passenger is present. When those same drivers are driving with a parent, however, their risk of dying in an auto accident drops a whopping 62 percent.
More than a million crashes involving teen drivers were reported in 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available). Those accidents resulted in 3,200 fatalities and countless injuries.
Teen drivers simply don’t have the experience to be able to avoid crashes, particularly when they are distracted by cellphones, texting, other teen passengers or other distractions. If you or someone you love is hurt because of a teen driver’s negligence, an attorney may help you recover much-needed compensation for your injuries, including paying medical bills, recouping lost wages, paying for property damage and more.