Did you know that one in three deaths in the United States is a teen? Motor vehicle crashes are considered to be the leading cause of death among teens in the country. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found 8 teens from ages 16 to 19 died every day resulting from injuries from motor vehicle crashes. This means that about 3,000 teens ages 15 to 19 died in 2009 nationwide and more than 350,000 were sent to emergency departments to be treated for injuries suffered from fatal car crashes.
Research has pointed out important factors of why teens are prone to fatal Arizona car accidents. It showed that teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations as compared to adults. They are also more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways. The presence of male teenage passengers increases the likelihood of this risky driving behavior.
In Phoenix, three men in their late teens were injured after their car hit a pole around midnight (KPHO 4/4/11). Phoenix police believed that the car lost control and hit a pole along 16th Street at Earl Drive. They also revealed that two of the three men sustained serious injuries.
Further investigations also revealed that the car was reported to be missing. Police found alcohol inside the car although they are still in the process of knowing if it is a contributing factor. Nevertheless, skid marks found at the scene proved that the car was travelling at a high speed when the wreck happened.
Studies show that GDL or Graduated Driver Licensing Systems can be an effective way to make teens become safer drivers. A comprehensive implementation of this can help decrease fatal and injury crashes among teens. As parents, we all should become familiar with our states’ GDL laws to assist our children in becoming safer drivers.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a fatal car crash, our line can be reached at (480) 753-4534. As Phoenix accident attorneys, we are committed to helping victims obtain justice and rightful compensation.