Teen drivers are in a category of their own because there are risks that apply especially to them.
The Utah Department of Public Safety published The Top Five Reasons Teenagers Crash On Utah Highways.
The causes and their percentages are:
Following too closely—16.4%
Most teenagers do everything at a greater pace. Any destination is important and when another car’s slow speed is keeping them from that destination a frequent response is frustration and tailgating.
Drivers of all ages are guilty of participating in tailgating and experiencing road rage periodically, but it is a problem that is mainly seen to end in accidents for teenage drivers.
Failed to yield right-of-way—13.4%
This infraction tends to go along with following to closely. It is something done when a driver is in a hurry and either does not want to wait their turn or does not even realize that right-of-way should be practiced in a given situation.
Speed too fast—11.2%
According to Allstate Insurance, 55% of teens said they exceed the speed limit by more than 10mph. Driving at excessive speeds can cause a loss of control and a decreased window of time to respond to situations on the road; both of which are dangers that are magnified by the fact that teenagers have a lot less experience in high-risk driving conditions.
Teenagers are often the first to allow new technologies into their lives. Texting and driving has continued to be a great problem for licensed teens. Livescience.com found that on average almost 60% of teens text while driving and since texting while driving is comparable to driving drunk, it is a serious cause of distracted driving.
Other improper driving—6.7%
Other types of dangerous or reckless activities that go on behind the wheel can cause a teen crash.
Having a driver’s license is a great responsibility. As a driver you are responsible for yourself, passengers and all other pedestrians and drivers that you are around. A vehicle is often an instrument in the injury or death of people we love. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident the attorneys at the Christensen Law Firm can help. Call us today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you.