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Motor Vehicle Accident Leading Cause Of Death Of Teenagers

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

Motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of death among teenagers in the United States. In the 15 to 19 age bracket, automobile accidents are increasing, causing more injuries and fatalities than ever before. The Centers for Disease Control has stepped up its monitoring of teen driving,  particularly the unsafe driving habits that lead to crashes. In the second week of March, 2013, fifteen American teens died within three days, in three different accidents.

Teenagers are four times likelier than adults to be involved in a motor vehicle crash. The main source from which young people learn about traffic safety is school, in Driver’s Ed programs; safety advocates are now saying this isn’t enough. Some states have adopted Graduated Driver Licensing systems, which have three stages (all designed to increase safety for teen drivers); it’s hoped more states will pick up this program.

There are several reasons why teenagers are more likely to be in crashes than adults; the first is biological—their brains aren’t fully developed, and also they haven’t lived long enough to have much experience driving. Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents (in teenagers and adults), taking both the drivers hands and mind away from driving. Speeding, alcohol, and drugs are also frequent causes of crashes, and studies show the presence of other passengers also increases the risk of crashing (as they district the driver). Night time and inclement weather definitely affect driving conditions too, and especially for drivers without much experience in either.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Mike Agruss Law, for a free consultation at 312-224-4695. Mike Agruss Law, handles personal injury cases throughout Illinois. Mike Agruss Law, will handle your personal injury case quickly, will advise you every step of the way, and will not hesitate to go to trial for you. This litigation strategy will provide you with the best possible compensation. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple.

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