Rochester, NY- It’s summertime, so in addition to vacationers, highways and roads across New York will be crowded with teen drivers. Summer is so dangerous for motoring teens that AAA refers to the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 Deadliest Days.”
Teens get a bad rap when it comes to driving and that is not without reason seeing the fact that traffic crashes are the leading cause of accidental deaths in U.S. teens, according to the CDC.
AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study on teen drivers and found that they are putting many motorists in danger. According to AAA, teen drivers killed 2,972 people in 2013 and injured over 371,000.
In the study of accident reports involving teen drivers from 1994-2013, AAA found that, more often than not, accident victims are not the teen driving; they are passengers or occupants of other cars. The AAA study found that two-thirds of fatalities resulting from a teen-involved accident were not the teens behind the wheel. The same goes for 67 percent of injury victims.
AAA also found that 50 percent of accident victims were not in the car with the at-fault teen driver. Seventeen percent were passengers of the teen driving and 2 percent were out outside a vehicle such as a pedestrian or bicyclist.
“Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group, and this data confirms that the impact of their crashes extend well beyond the teen who is behind the wheel,” said Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In defense of teens, they are getting better as accident rates for teen driver have dropped over the past two decades. Even so, teen drivers still have a higher rate of crashes per mile driven per driver than their older counterparts.
Most motorists were teen drivers at one point and many mange to become adult motorists without tragedy. But most motorists at one point in their lives will have the bad luck of being in a traffic accident and it may be a major one. Motorists who have been involved in a serious traffic accident need legal advice especially if there are questions about liability which often arise when the at-fault driver is a teen.
When it comes to securing a settlement after a traffic accident, the victim must be able to prove who was at fault and show their actions were negligent or careless. This is not as easy as it sounds, and it’s a task better left to a Rochester accident attorney with a solid track record of successful cases.
An accident can leave a person with many concerns and questions. At USAttorneys, we have a team of auto accident attorneys in New York who can answer your questions, address your concerns and build a winning injury or wrongful death claim on your behalf. We can help you get in touch with an attorney near your location, so you can set up a consultation.

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