Fort Myers Accident Attorney: Does the Number of Teens in the Car Increase the Crash Risk?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 1, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury lawyerThe number of teens in a car can increase the risk of a Fort Myers car accident, according to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study showed a strong association between the number and age of passengers present in-vehicle and the risk of a teen driver dying in a traffic crash.

After analyzing national crash data, the researchers found that the likelihood of a 16- or 17-year-old driver being killed in a crash, per mile driven, increases with each additional young passenger in the vehicle. Compared to driving with no passengers, a 16- or 17-year-old driver's fatality risk:

  • Increases 44 percent when carrying one passenger younger than 21 (and no older passengers)
  • Doubles when carrying two passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers)
  • Quadruples when carrying three or more passengers younger than 21 (and no older passengers)

The study also revealed that carrying at least one passenger aged 35 or older lowers a teen driver's risk of death by 62 percent, and risk of involvement in any police-reported crash by 46 percent. These findings reinforce the protective influence that parents and other adults have in the car.

“We know that carrying young passengers is a huge risk, but it's also a preventable one," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "These findings should send a clear message to families that parents can make their teens safer immediately by refusing to allow them to get in the car with other young people, whether they're behind the wheel or in the passenger seat."

Given the risks, we encourage parents to talk with their teens about limiting the number of teen passengers in the car. It could save their lives.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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