US: teen drivers seen as a hazard for road safety image

A new study made by motoring association AAA shows that young drivers pose a threat to anyone on the road, not just themselves, as motoring vehicle accidents have long been known to be a leading cause of death and injury for the age segment.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 3,000 people were killed in teen accidents across the US in 2013, with another 400,000 injured. The study also shows that almost two-thirds of the people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen are actually people other than the young motorist behind the wheel. “Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group, and this data confirms that the impact of their crashes extend well beyond the teen who is behind the wheel,” comments Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study has also been released as safety experts mark the start of what has been called “The 100 Deadliest Days,” the timeframe between Memorial and Labor Day. This is when teens are out of school, driving more miles and the possibility to have a motor vehicle accident rises exponentially.

The AAA researched the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, with data for 2013 showing that on average 220 teen drivers and passengers died each month during the period – with the total tally for the year being of 2,927 fatalities and 371,645 injuries in crashes involving a young motorist. Experts say the factors are the general lack of motoring experience, youthful exuberance and distracted driving.