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Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 13 and 19. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that drivers who are between 16 and 19 years old are three times likelier to be in a fatal accident compared to drivers who are 20 and older. Let’s examine why teen drivers are at a higher risk of getting hurt while traveling on Colorado roads.

Teen drivers lack the experience needed to make good decisions

Impaired driving is one of the main causes of fatal accidents involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that 26% of drivers in that age range who were involved in fatal accidents in 2011 had a blood alcohol content of more than .08%. Excessive speed is another common cause of fatal accidents caused by drivers under the age of 21. Researchers believe that a lack of experience causes younger motorists to engage in these and other risky behaviors.

Tips for keeping teens safe while driving

Parents are encouraged to set boundaries for their children and constantly observe how they act while behind the wheel. Almost all states have a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program that places limits on when teens can drive without adult supervision.

According to AAA, GDL programs have resulted in a reduction in crash rates among teen drivers as well as the number of fatal accidents caused by younger motorists. Finally, research has shown that the introduction of stringent underage drinking laws can help reduce the number of fatal accidents caused by impaired minors.

If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, an MVA attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation. This may make it possible to pay current or future medical bills as well as recoup lost wages or future earnings. You may also be compensated for emotional distress or other damages as allowed by law.