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Teens are at significantly higher risk of a car accident

Both in New Jersey and elsewhere, it is commonly thought that new drivers will be at greater risk of a car accident than more experienced drivers. Studies have indicated that this concern is backed up by statistics.

Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that new drivers between ages 16 and 17 are three times as likely to have a fatal auto accident as adults. This information comes out just as the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day hits; this time frame is also known as the "100 Deadliest Days" due to the frequency of fatal crashes that happen during that period. It is in this period that there is an increase in fatal crashes by 15 percent compared to other times in the year.

In the last five years, there have been more than 1,600 fatalities in crashes that involved new teen drivers during the 100 days. The New Jersey State Police states that through the end of May, there were eight fatal accidents on state roads with drivers and passengers who were 20 and younger. There were 39 in 2015 and 34 in 2016. The study provided the following statistics for teen drivers compared with older drivers: those 16 and 17 were 3.9 times as likely to be in a crash compared to those 18 and older; they were 2.6 times as likely to be in a fatal crash compared to those 18 and older; they were 4.5 times as likely to be in an accident compared to those 30 to 59; and they were 3.2 times as likely to be in a fatal accident compared to those 30 to 59.

Based on 2015 information, the number of fatal accidents involving teens is rising across the country. It has increased by 10 percent compared to the previous year. Factors that were deemed important during an accident investigation were a distracted driver, failing to wear a safety belt, and speeding. Around six out of 10 accidents involving teens had some form of distraction.

When there is a car accident, a litany of problems can come about to the family whether there were injuries or fatalities. Inevitably, there will be financial, personal and emotional matters that must be addressed. In the immediate aftermath of the auto accident, families will often forget their rights and ignore other factors that they will need to deal with. A lawyer who is experienced in car accidents can provide guidance and advice to file a case for compensation.

Source: aaherald.com, "New Teen Drivers Three Times as Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash," June 1, 2017

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