Inexperienced Drivers Causing Car Accidents in California
Common Risks Attached to Inexperienced Drivers in California
Inexperienced drivers are the primary cause for car accidents involving teen drivers. An inexperienced driver can easily become negligent, or worse, reckless. Teenagers, for the most part, have shorter attention spans and are easily distracted. Whether it’s a text message, a negative reaction to a social media post, or a brand new posting by their favorite blogger, teens’ eyes are more focused on their phones than on what’s going on around them.
Teens are essentially learning everything there is to know about driving for the first time. Reaction times are slower, dangers may not be as apparent, and a false sense of confidence may create an inaccurate perception of road conditions.
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Accidents and Injuries Caused by Inexperienced Drivers
Consider the fact that people in the 15 to 19 age range account for only 7 percent of the U.S. population, yet they also account for 11 percent of all motor vehicle injuries in the country. Teen related car crashes account for $13.6 billion (8.4 percent) of the accumulated costs of all motor vehicle injuries in the United States.
The following groups of inexperienced drivers are at an especially high risk for serious or deadly car crashes:
- Males – the death rate for male drivers is twice as high than for female drivers.
- Teens Driving With Other Teens – Teens driving in the same car with other teens have an increased risk of a collision. The greater the number of teens in the car, the greater the overall risk for a crash.
- Newly licensed teens: The risk of being involved in a car crash is especially high for new drivers, especially in the first 8 to 10 weeks.
Why Are Inexperienced Drivers at Risk?
Below are three behaviors that put teens at an even greater danger behind the wheel:
- Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always a poor decision. A quarter of all traffic related deaths involving a teen driver were caused by drinking and driving. Due to peer pressure and other factors, teens are more likely to remain in a vehicle with an intoxicated friend.
- Reckless Driving – Reckless driving for fun is common among teens and many must endure the costs and consequences of a traffic ticket or two before they learn to calm down behind the wheel. Almost a quarter of all car accidents involving a teen driver are directly caused by speeding. The vast majority of inexperienced drivers who engage in reckless driving are males. Teenage boys are especially prone to more dangerous driving behaviors, such as street racing or stunt driving.
- Foregoing Seat Belts: Seat belts significantly reduce the potential for serious injuries and fatal car accidents. But many inexperienced drivers often willingly ignore the law and common sense behind seat belts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), barely half of all surveyed high school students said they wear their seat belts at all times.
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