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Study Shows Teenage Driving Fatalities Increased in 2015

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 21, 2016 in Car Accidents

head-on collisionThis week is National Teen Driver Safety Week, dedicated to raising awareness about deaths and injuries to teenagers in car crashes. This event could not come at a better time as a new study shows that the number of fatalities from car crashes involving this population of drivers has increased.

The study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found that 4,689 people lost their lives in car accidents involving teenage drivers in 2015, a 10-percent increase compared to 2014. This is the first increase in fatalities in these types of accidents in almost 10 years.

From 2005 to 2014, fatalities from these types of accidents dropped by almost 50 percent, decreasing from 8,241 to 4,272.

Researchers found that the increase in fatalities coincides with an increase in the number of teenage drivers on the road. While teenagers made up just 3.8 percent of insured drivers in 2012, that figure increased to 4.1 percent by the end of 2014.

GHSA researchers created the study by analyzing traffic fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Explaining the Increase in Fatalities

While an increase in the number of teenage drivers could be part of the reason for the increase in fatalities, federal data shows that speeding definitely is a factor.

Of the 14,000 fatal crashes that involved teenage drivers in the last five years, speeding was a factor in almost one-third of crashes.

These statistics support data from a new AAA survey that found that speeding is one of the most common mistakes made by teenage drivers when they are learning how to drive.

Two of the other most common mistakes were distracted driving and failing to scan the road for debris and other hazards.

The survey, titled Skills of Novice Teen Drivers, asked 142 driving instructors across the country about teenagers' driving habits.

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