Teen drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States are more likely to pose a threat to themselves and the other people they share the road with. Statistics show that drivers younger than 21 cause 17 percent of the fatal drunk driving accidents that occur in the U.S. despite making up only 10 percent of the total number of licensed drivers. New drivers may be the most dangerous as 20 percent of 16-year-old drivers are involved in a car crash during the first year that they are licensed to drive.
Until recently, the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. was drunk driving. Now, texting while driving has taken over that dubious honor. More than 2,000 teens are killed in drunk driving accidents each year, and more than 3,000 teens are killed in accidents caused by a driver who was texting.
Some experts believe that teenage drivers have higher car accident rates because they develop an invincibility complex. Although teens may know that their behavior is risky, many teens do not believe anything bad will happen to them. The higher numbers of drunk driving accidents among teen drivers might be caused by the way that teenagers tend to consume alcohol when they are able to obtain it. One in six teens binge drink, and many have BAC levels that are five times the legal limit when they are involved in car accidents.
A person who has been injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver may pursue compensation for their injuries, lost wages and damaged property. A lawyer could help a car accident victim to build a strong claim by collecting vital pieces of evidence such as police reports, surveillance footage and eyewitness testimony.