Teen-driver inexperience increases risk of Carolina car accidents for all motorists

As our Carolina personal injury attorneys have reported in an earlier post to our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, teen drivers in North and South Carolina were involved in 391 fatal car accidents across both states in 2008.

Drivers aged 15 to 19 are also far more likely to be linked to serious or fatal Carolina car accidents where driver distraction is a factor. And car accidents are the leading cause of death for all teens.
Just last week, WISTV-10 reports that an 18-year-old driver struck and killed a 67-year-old man and his 37-year-old daughter as the pair were pushing a stroller carrying the woman’s 1-year-old son, who was critically injured in the crash. The driver later told authorities she was reaching for a dropped cell phone when the fatal southwest Charlotte car accident occurred. She has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle, with additional charges pending.

With that said, a recent article in Health News Digest reports that nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities linked to teen driver car accidents involve victims other than the teen or their occupants. In 2008, 681,000 motorists were involved in car accidents involving teen drivers nationwide. In short: teaching teens good driving skills isn’t just a family driver-safety issue; it’s a community driver-safety issue.

According to HND there are four key factors that consistently play a role in serious or fatal car accidents among teens: speeding, alcohol use, distracted driving, and not wearing seat belts. Research indicated that more than half of teens killed in car accidents were both speeding at the time of the crash and not buckled up. Another 40 percent tested positive for alcohol and 16 percent were distracted.

Driver distraction was linked to 1.2 percent of all North Carolina traffic crashes – or about 2,150 car accidents – in 2008, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reports. Speeding was the leading violation cited in fatal car accidents. Drivers aged 19 and younger were linked to 188 fatal North Carolina car accidents that left 14,860 injured.

In South Carolina, the department of public safety reports a teen driver was involved in a serious or fatal South Carolina car accident every 1.3 hours of 2008. As in North Carolina, speeding was the most common contributing factor in statewide car accidents. Drivers aged 19 and younger were involved in 118 fatal South Carolina car accidents that left 6,690 injured in 2008.

For motorists injured or killed in a Carolina car accident, ourcar accident attorneys in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Spartanburg know that recovery and adjustment can be a lifelong battle. If you have been injured, or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident anywhere across the Carolinas, call us at 1-800-887-1965 or contact our law offices online to discuss your rights.

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