Teens in Cars: A June 2014 Study

When it comes to safety on the roadway, teenagers are one of the most concerned about groups. With the ever-expanding issue of distracted driving paired with the inexperience of teen drivers, there is a possibility for serious accidents.

A report released by Safe Kids Worldwide: Teens in Cars shared some interesting insight into this demographics’ behaviors on the road and the statistics related to teen accidents.

Teen Driving Statistics

Presented as an infographic, statistics are easy to read but still surprising to learn. Below we have highlighted some of the statistics surrounding teen driving accidents.

  • The number one kills of teens is motor vehicle crashes
  • Fatalities are split almost equally between teen drivers and passengers – 44% passengers and 56% drivers
  • In half of the fatalities, the teen was not wearing a seat belt
  • 1 in 4 teens surveyed said that they don’t use a seat belt on every ride, yet seat belts reduce the risk of death for seat passengers by 45%
  • Teens who don’t use seat belts are more likely to say that they text while driving than those who do wear seat belts
  • 39% of teens have ridden with a teen driver who was texting and 95% said they think other teens have done so too
  • 43% of teens reported riding as a passenger with a teen driver who was talking on the phone
  • The odds of a crash or near-crash is 8 times greater when a teen is dialing a phone

When it comes to using the phone while driving, we know that is considered to be a major form of distracted driving. We have highlighted this issue several times within our blog as it is the cause of many accidents on the roadway. Forms of distracted driving other than using a cell phone include being cognitively distracted by conversations with passengers, grooming, and eating. To learn more about distracted driving, read our blog post highlighting Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

While this study highlights teens and the habits that they have that result in accidents, the fact remains that teens are also emulate the driving habits that they are used to seeing. Parents who text and drive set an example for their children, and when the teens become old enough to drive, they may be more likely to do the same. The study states that 28% of teens have ridden in a car with a parent who was texting.

Teen Driving Accidents

With these startling statistics, our law office’s goal is to spread awareness and hopefully help to prevent future accidents from occurring that are caused by distracted driving. For those who have been involved in an accident due to a teen’s distracted driving, we highly recommend contacting a personal injury attorney if any injuries were sustained. To speak to one of the personal injury attorneys at our office about an accident that occurred with a teen driver, call 800.637.8170. You can also request a free copy of The Ohio Accident Book that can serve as a guide for the legal process. 

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