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Study shows high risk for teens to be in a car accident

When car accident research is conducted, the goal is to determine how and why these crashes happen and, if possible, take steps to reduce their frequency. Given the number of crashes that occur in California for a variety of reasons, this information can be beneficial. One recent study that utilized statistics accrued from multiple sources including AAA, California Highway Patrol and others found that new teen drivers age 16 to 17 are three times as likely to be in a fatal accident when compared with adults.

Because these teens are free for the summer and out on the road, the number of accidents increase. They are also more likely to be in an accident with serious injuries. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called the "100 deadliest days" for teen drivers. This is due to the rise of 15 percent in accidents with teen drivers vs. the other months of the year. In the last five years, there were more than 1,600 deaths with teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days.

Overall, there has been an increase in car crashes. The National Safety Council said that 2016 had the highest number of deaths on the nation's roadways since 2007. The use of smartphones behind the wheel is believed to be a major factor. Texting and driving and other behaviors that make a distracted driver are prevalent with teens. These teen drivers were found to have been using their phones for 4.1 out of the last six seconds before a crash occurred.

When there is a car accident, the accident investigation is essential to determine the cause. Because of the medical costs, long-term expenses, pain and suffering and personal issues that accompany a fatal accident, a legal filing is often the only way to receive adequate compensation to cover everything that was lost. A legal professional experienced in car accidents can help with pursuing a case.

Source:, "Newly Licensed Teen Drivers 3 Times as Likely to Be in a Deadly Crash," July 25, 2017

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