Are New Drivers More Likely to Have Accidents?

by William Mattar | May 31st, 2022

New DriverGetting a learner’s permit, passing the road test, and obtaining a driver’s license can be exciting, but also comes with certain risks. With a new license, the driver  may feel an incredible sense of independence. Safety, however, should remain the number one priority.

Driving can be dangerous, particularly for teens and new drivers. Studies indicate that teen drivers sometimes engage in certain driving errors and are much more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than an experienced driver. Many of these crashes are preventable. Safe driving behaviors can help to reduce the risk.  

For example, according to the CDC, in 2019 approximately 2,400 teens aged 13 to 19 were killed in road accidents  in the United States. Nearly 258,000 teens were treated in the emergency rooms for injuries related to car accidents. These results demonstrate that about seven teenagers died each day from car crashes, while hundreds of others were injured.

Teenage Drivers’ Risk Factors

New driver accidents are rampant because of their driving immaturity and insufficient responsibility. According the NHTSA, teen drivers face certain risk factors, because some teen drivers can be distracted or speed.  According to the CDC, additional risk factors which are leading causes of teen crashes and injury include:

  • Inexperience; 
  • A tendency to drive at nighttime and on weekends, which could potentially increase the risk of injury; 
  • Failing to use a seat belt; 
  • Speeding; 
  • Alcohol use; 
  • Drug/Substance use; 

What Can Be Done to Prevent New Driver Accidents?

It is important to teach new teen drivers the dangers of distracted driving. Parents and all adult drivers can lead by example, and establish and enforce expectations to reduce the risk of dangerous driving. All driver, including those who recently gained a driver’s license, must obey the rules of the road. 

The rules of the road require all drivers  to avoid distractions because they can prevent the driver from exercising due care to see what is there to be seen. 

Involved in a New Driver Accident? Call William Mattar

Accidents can happen anywhere and anytime, regardless of whether you are a new or experienced driver. If you are hurt by a new driver in a car accident, call William Mattar P.C., whose attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you receive maximum compensation for pain and suffering. Submit a contact form online or call 844-444-4444.