Automobile accidents remain the biggest cause of unintentional death for American teenagers. However, the number of teenagers being killed in accidents has been on the decline. This is at least partly due to the fact that more teenagers are being responsible by buckling up at the wheel than ever before.
State Farm and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently released a new teenage driver safety report titled Miles to Go: Focusing on Risk for Teen Driver Crashes. The statistics provide an interesting picture about a safer environment for teenage drivers, and must be required reading for every parent of a teenage child.
The report finds that the number of teenage drivers aged between 15 and 19 who were killed in accidents in 2008 and 2011, and were not wearing seat belts at the time, dropped by 23%. In fact, seat belt use rates have spiked among teenage drivers, as they have among all other categories of motorists. In 2011, more than 50% of teenagers or 54% reported that they always buckled up in the car. Federal as well as state transportation officials who frequently conduct enforcement and awareness campaigns about seatbelt usage deserve credit for this.
During the same period of time, there was also a drop of 14% in the number of teenage passengers driven by a teenager who had been drinking.
Overall, the reports say that there has been a 47% reduction in the number of \teenage drivers killed in accidents over the past 6 years.
A close to 50% decline in accident-related fatalities over the past 6 years is definitely very encouraging, and proves to San Antonio car accident lawyers that there's no need to be completely pessimistic about teen driver safety. This is a category of drivers that can benefit from targeted messaging on safety issues, and strong enforcement of distracted driving laws and seatbelt laws.
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