New CDC Report: Southeast Teens at Greatest Risk for Fatal Crash

by Carmen Dellutri on August 14, 2012

Port Charlotte accident attorneyAs Cape Coral injury attorneys, we are concerned by a recent CDC report regarding the prevalence of teen driving fatalities. The report found that teens living in the Southeast United States were at greatest risk of death in a motor vehicle accident.

The CDC analyzed data from the National Vital Statistics System and the U.S. Census Bureau for 2009 for the 50 most populous U.S. metropolitan statistical areas.

Of the 34,485 motor vehicle fatalities that year, about 7,500 were teens and young adults ages 15-24. This accounts for 22 percent of all fatal accidents. As noted by the CDC, well-known risk factors (e.g., inexperience, lack of seat belt use, driving with teen passengers, and alcohol-impaired driving) for teens and young adults likely contributed to the higher MVC death rates observed for this age group.

Even more alarming, the risk of death in a car accident is higher for both teens and older drivers in our area of the country. The motor vehicle crash death rate was 13 per 100,000 residents for all major cities combined, with a low of 7.3 per 100,000 for the New York City area and a high of 25.8 per 100,000 for Birmingham, Ala.. Orlando’s overall fatality rate was 19.4, while Tampa came in at 13.9.

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 Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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

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