If you’re 18 or older, you have made it out of what some experts call “the most dangerous two years of your life.” These happen at ages 16 and 17. One researcher says that, among those who die unexpectedly before their time, the odds are highest that it happens during those two years.
The reason is teen driving. Despite advances in automotive technology, teen drivers still get into so many fatal car accidents that more of them die from these crashes than from suicide, cancer and any other accidents — such as accidental drowning or bike crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half a dozen teenagers die in car accidents daily.
It’s a clear risk, and it is not just teens who are in danger. You have to share the road with these young drivers. A fatal two-car crash caused by a teen puts everyone in the second car in just as much danger.
There are many reasons why car accidents happen so often. Smartphones have an impact. Driving at night is dangerous. Teens may be on the road when many adults are already in bed. Drunk driving plays a role, despite the fact that teens are too young to drink. Having friends in the car also makes teens more distracted. This can lead to car accidents for drivers who are fairly safe on their own.
Have you been involved in an accident with a negligent driver? Be sure you know what steps to take to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.