Edgar Snyder & Associates®
A Law Firm Representing Injured People
Call Us Toll Free 24/7
Published on Jan 26, 2007 by Edgar Snyder

Teen Drivers Underestimate the Dangers

teen driving distractions

Teenagers are bombarded with the message that drinking and driving is dangerous, but are they also aware of other driver distractions that can be just as deadly? Research shows that a teen driver riding with one other passenger faces double the risk of a fatal car crash as a teen driver who drives alone. The risk increases to five times as likely for teen drivers with two or more passengers.

Other driver distractions include:

  • Using a cellphone
  • Passengers or a driver dancing or singing in car
  • Passengers drinking alcohol
  • Passengers urging the driver to speed
  • Passengers under the influence of drugs

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Of the nation’s 12.5 million young drivers, 12.6 % are involved in fatal crashes.

The National Transportation Safety Board urges states to limit the number of passengers that young drivers can carry, and move toward a graduated license system. That way, teenage drivers can gain their privileges with experience on the road.

Source: "Distractions challenge teen drivers." By Larry Copeland. USA Today. January 26, 2007.
Think you have a case?
Think you have a case?
Free Case Review
First Name
Last Name
Briefly describe your injuries

Recent News

Sep 26, 2016
Gear Up, Cool Down, and Stay Safe While Riding This Fall
Sep 16, 2016
Fall and Winter Car Kit
Sep 16, 2016
A New Law May Be Coming for Drivers
Sep 16, 2016
Smartphone Apps for Drivers
Sep 16, 2016
New CDC Tool Will Help Keep Traveling Workers Safe