Teen Driver Safety Week in Florida and across the country aims to spread information about safe driving habits for young drivers. The results of new research on teen driving have been released, and they show that the presence of at least one adult passenger in a vehicle driven by a teen could decrease accident risk.
The research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in the vehicle, the crash fatality rate increased 51 percent. That's not just an increased rate for the driver or the passengers but for everyone else involved in a crash.
Breaking the statistics down, the increase in fatality rates for teen-filled vehicles was 45 percent for the teen driver, 56 percent for occupants of other vehicles and 17 percent for pedestrians and cyclists. One takeaway from this is that the risk of death to people in other vehicles is the greatest when a crash involves a teen driver with only teen passengers.
The research also found that when a teen driver has passengers over the age of 35, the rate of fatality decreases 8 percent. This is why AAA recommends that teen drivers get at least 100 hours of driving with a parent in the car before driving alone.
In 2018, more than 1 million crashes involving teen drivers were reported. AAA says that it's a matter of experience. Other factors including speeding and night driving also increase the risk of fatality. According to AAA, it's the responsibility of parents to set and enforce driving rules for their teens.
When someone is injured in a car accident, it might be a challenge to get fair compensation from an insurance company. In Florida, the law imposes certain requirements on people who own car insurance in order for them to get full medical benefits. A lawyer may help clients understand whether they are eligible to file a claim.