The statistics make it very clear that teens are not safe drivers. For instance, if you look at the rate at which drivers cause fatal accidents, teens almost always have the very highest rate of any age group. You can extrapolate this to see that they also cause a lot of more minor accidents or injury accidents, as well.
Is there any way to prevent this? Driver’s ed training is important, and having teens drive with an instructor – and with their parents – can help them learn the ropes in a more controlled setting. But there are a few things that are very difficult to control.
Teens are just not experienced drivers
First and foremost, inexperience plays a massive role in a lot of these accidents. A driver who was 40 years old may not have made the same mistake. But there’s no way for teens to get more experience without actively driving, and the other side of this coin means that they are going to cause accidents.
Teens may be more impulsive than older drivers
Another potential issue is that teenagers are often more impulsive and may not thoroughly think through the consequences of their actions. You can see this in many areas of life, but it poses a serious risk to others when they act like this in the car. They may do things that have no benefit and are highly dangerous – such as street racing – without fully grasping how they can change their life and someone else’s forever if they cause an accident.
The fact of the matter is that young drivers will always cause car accidents, and those who are seriously injured need to know how to get the financial compensation they deserve.