According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage drivers have the highest crash rate. The new data states that:
- Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death for U.S. teens.
- Seven teenagers ages 16 to 19 die every day in car crashes.
- Young drivers aged 15 to 24 represent only 14 percent of the population, but they comprise 30 percent ($19 billion in losses) of total costs of car crash injuries among males, and 28 percent ($7 billion) of crash-related losses involving females.
With many young drivers, there is a lack of maturity and experience combined with overconfidence. Without experience to recognize dangerous situations, the chances that young drivers can avoid hazardous situations decrease.
As a result of this awareness, a new program titled Street Survival was created for inexperienced drivers — with the help of Tire Rack, BMW, Porsche Club of America, Michelin, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and others. The program includes instruction in skid control, blocked-lane maneuvering, emergency braking and vehicle slalom. New drivers are also made aware of the role of driver attitude and the best seating position, among other topics.
Students of the program, at least in Connecticut, were able to experience a 3-mile-per-hour crash as well. A big rig was brought in so new drivers could see how little visibility truckers have on the road.
For the program, students are required to use their own cars. This helps them to prepare more efficiently for driving in real-life circumstances with their own vehicles.
It’s important to remember that unintentional injury is the main cause of death for individuals age 1 to 44, according to some 2011 reports.
Contact the trucking accident lawyers at Garcia, Artigliere & Medby today to see how we can help you solve your case. These situations can be overwhelming and emotional, and our attorneys are here to help you through this excruciating time. Please call us at 1-800-281-8515.