Graduated Driver Licensing Programs Improve Teen Driver Safety

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 die every day from car accident injuries.


Our Asheville car accident attorneys know that inexperienced drivers are at a higher risk of car accidents and are concerned about their safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20.

In 2010, approximately 2,700 teenage drivers were killed and over 280,000 teen drivers were treated at emergency departments following a car accident.

Male drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are close to twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared to their teenage counterparts.

When teen drivers have teen passengers the risk of an accident increase as the number of teen passengers increases. In addition, all teen drivers are particularly accident prone within the first few months after they receive their license.

There are many factors that put teen drivers at greater risk than older drivers. First, teen drivers are much more likely to underestimate situations that are dangerous or can become hazardous than older drivers.

Second, teen drivers tend to drive at greater speeds than older drivers and allow less space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. The presence of teenage male passengers usually increases the likelihood of these types of driving behaviors.

Of all the drivers between the ages 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010 – 25% were drinking and 39% were driving over the speed limit.

To make matters worse teen drivers and passengers use seatbelts at a much lower rate than other age groups. A 2011 study revealed that a mere 54% of high school aged drivers and passengers wear seatbelts when riding with someone else.

Teen driving statistics are frightening particularly since many teen car accidents can be prevented. There are a number strategies that can improve teen drivers safety on the road.

According to theNational Safety Council, a new program entitled the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program has proven very effective in reducing the risk of teen drivers’ accident rates. Reportedly, GDL programs have reduced accident rates by as much as 40%. States with compressive GDL programs have seen the most substantial reduction in teen car accidents.

GDL programs have three stages which are each aimed at progressively preparing a teen driver for the next step. The three stages are:

1. The teen driver must acquire a learners permit that will only allow the teen to drive with a fully licensed driver. In some cases the fully licensed driver must be over a certain age.
2. A teen driver is then given an intermediate license which only allows driving during day light hours and may place a limit on the number of passengers a teen driver may have in the car.
3. In the final stage a teen is given a full license.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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