Teen Driving Fatalities On the Rise, But Not In Florida

by Carmen Dellutri on March 14, 2013

Florida car accident lawyerAs Port Charlotte accident attorneys and parents, we are concerned by a new report that suggests that teen driving fatalities are on the rise. The projections come from the Governors Highway Safety Association, and they are sobering.

Based on data received from its members, the Governors Highway Safety Association found that teen driving deaths spiked 19 percent in the first six months of 2012, more than twice the increase for overall traffic fatalities. Among 16-year-old drivers, fatalities increased 24 percent to 107; meanwhile, fatalities of 17-year-olds grew 15 percent to 133.

Across the country, the trends varied. In total, 25 states reported increases, while 17 states, including Florida, saw decreases. Eight states and the District of Columbia had no change.

In Florida, the new was actually very encouraging. The state had among the highest numbers of deaths in the first six months of 2011 and saw a substantial drop in deaths for the first half of 2012. While there were 14 deaths in the first six months of 2011, there were only 5 in the first half of last year.

Nonetheless, if the predictions hold true, it would confirm an unfortunate nationwide trend. In 2011, teen fatalities across the country also increased, after eight consecutive years of decline.

Thus, the report highlights the need for additional efforts to improve teen driving safety, including strengthening graduated driving laws as well as driver education and training programs.

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

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

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