Passengers Put Teen Drivers at Risk of Accidents
June 26th, 2012|
June 26, 2012
A study by the AAA Foundation released last month found that the chances of a teen driver being involved in a fatal accident rose exponentially as the number of passengers under the age of 21-years-old in the vehicle increases. Experts cite the cause for the dramatic increase is a mix of immaturity and inexperience behind the wheel.
The study found that the chances of a teen driver being involved in an accident rose by 44 percent when the driver had one under-21 passenger in the vehicle with them. The risk doubled when two passengers were in the vehicle, and quadrupled when more than two passengers were riding.
The amount of passengers may have contributed to a Pelham Car Accident that left four teens injured last week. According ABC 33/40 News, the crash occurred at around 9:45 p.m. on Friday night on Pelham Parkway. Reports indicate that the driver of a Nissan Maxima was heading north when he lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median and rolled before striking an oncoming Honda Civic.
The accident left two young passengers inside the Maxima critically injured, one of which was airlifted to a local hospital. The remaining three passengers were transported by ambulance.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage parents to set rules with teens limiting the number of passengers in the car with them at all times in order to reduce their chances of an accident.