Summer break is approaching fast and kids will be out of school. This means more teen drivers on the road, and more teens driving around with their friends in the car. The time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is referred to as the 100 Deadliest Days on the road because more accidents happen at this time than any other period during the year. The high number of teen drivers is a big part of the reason why accidents are so likely to happen.
When a teen driver causes a crash, victims (including passengers in the car with the teen driver) may be entitled to compensation for losses and damages. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide assistance in pursuing a claim after a teen driver causes a collision. Unfortunately, new studies show the more passengers that are in the car with a teen driver, the greater the chances that a car accident will happen.
More Teens in the Car Means Increased Atlanta Car Accidents
Recently, CBS News reported on an in-depth study regarding teen distracted driving. The study actually showed teenagers who had young peers with them as passengers in the car were more distracted than teens talking on cell phones or using electronic devices. The research involved putting cameras in the car with teen drivers to observe their behavior, as researchers believed crash statistics are underestimating the dangers faced by young people.
The researchers found the chances of a teen experiencing a serious incident, including an incident forcing evasive action to avoid a collision, was six times greater if the teenager driver had passengers in the car who were speaking loudly while the teen was driving. If the teenager driver had passengers in the car who were horsing around, the risk of an evasive action or other serious incident was three times greater as compared with a situation where a teen was alone in the car or was in the car with an adult.
When teens have passengers in the car, the risk of a distracted driving accident may be higher than when a teen is on a cell phone because the passengers constitute a constant distraction which take focus away from the road the entire time the teen is driving.
The research published by CBS is not the first to illustrate how dangerous it can be for teens to have passengers with them in their vehicle. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when a 16-year-old or 17-year-old driver has just one passenger in the car with him as he drivers, the teen driver has a 44 percent increased risk of dying in a collision.
Having two passengers means double the risk of a crash death, and having three or more passengers quadruples the risk of a fatal accident. The risk, however, is negated and there is a 62 percent decrease in the chances of a deadly car accident when someone over aged 35 is in a car with a teen.
Parents should be aware of how dangerous it is for their kids to drive with friends, and may wish to make rules about passengers in the car over the summer months.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.