US: study finds teens died in old, small cars image

According to a new report conclusion coming from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety researchers, almost 50% of the traffic accident fatalities that involved teen drivers aged 15 to 17 for the 2008 to 2012 period occurred in very old cars.

The vehicles were at least 11 years old and almost a third happened in small cars. The study has taken its research data from the government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System figures for the 2008 to 2012 period. The statistics show us – at least in part – exactly what type of cars drive teens and when compared to middle-aged drivers that died in vehicle crashes during the same time span, the data shows that the first overwhelmingly have smaller, older vehicles. Further on, the researchers cited a May, 2014 parental survey that showed around 60% of their teens had cars that were at least 8 years old. The FARS analysis further showed that wrecked cars of teens involved in accidents were 82% older than 6 years.

There’s a certainty in this study and numerous others – not necessarily involving teens – older, smaller cars are a lot less safer. Simply pointing out to the density of fatalities that occurred when a certain group of vehicles was involved, the study showed that larger cars protect their occupants better, while even smaller cars with better crash-test ratings yield lower death rates.