A new study conducted by the National Safety Council has revealed that teenage drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal car accidents.
The study found that teenage drivers account for just 4% of all licensed drivers, yet they are involved in 8% of all fatal car crashes. This means that teen drivers are more than twice as likely to die in a car accident than drivers aged 30-59.
The study also found that the risk of a fatal accident among teenage drivers is highest in the first year after receiving their driver’s license. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash is three times higher for 16-year-old drivers than it is for 19-year-old drivers.
Experts believe that the high death rate among teenage drivers is due to a combination of factors, including inexperience behind the wheel, reckless driving, and distracted driving. The National Safety Council is urging parents to take an active role in teaching their children safe driving practices and setting guidelines for when and where their children can drive.
The study serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of safe driving practices, especially among inexperienced drivers. While technology has made driving safer in many ways, it is ultimately up to drivers to be responsible behind the wheel and take steps to protect themselves and others on the road.