Teenage drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the roads. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows teenagers are involved in more motor vehicle collisions than people of any other age group. There are many reasons, including the risks that teens present when they get into their cars with young passengers who may be a distraction or who may encourage them to engage in dangerous behavior.
Efforts have been made by lawmakers throughout Detroit, Warren and Sterling Heights to reduce the number of young people who are injured or killed in car crashes (or who injure or kill others). Graduated driver's license rules slowly introduce teenagers to driving so they go through different stages before they are given a full license. Teens must have a permit to drive and have supervised drive time, before getting a restricted license, and, ultimately, the full right to drive. Graduated licensing programs exist in all 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia. Studies show they have made a significant impact on the number of traffic accidents involving young people.
Graduated Licensing Programs Reduce Teen Driver Risks
According to Nerd Wallet, the first graduated licensing program went into effect in 1996 in the state of Florida. Every state now has one, although some programs are rated as "good" while others are considered only acceptable or fair.
A 2009 study shows that states with a "good" graduated driver's license program (as rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) have significantly reduced crash rates among teenagers. Teens are making 20 percent fewer accident claims in these states. In states with "fair," or moderate programs, there has been a 15 percent decline in motor vehicle accident claims among teen drivers. In states with "marginal" programs, there has been a 10 percent reduction in the number of car accident claims made by young drivers.
The decline in accident claims has resulted in lower auto insurance premiums since car insurers no longer view teens as being so high risk. There have also been many lives saved since graduated licensing programs went into effect.
In 2004, there were 5,724 fatal auto accidents involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 19. In 2012, there were 2,568 fatal traffic accidents involving drivers in this age group. This represents a 55 percent reduction in deadly auto accidents over the course of a decade. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that graduated licensing programs are responsible for between 10 and 30 percent decline in the number of deadly accidents involving teenagers behind the wheel. If every state adopted the most stringent standards set in place by graduated licensing programs, there would be an even more significant decline in deadly accidents involving young drivers.
Teenagers need to be slowly introduced to driving until they learn how to react to different situations on the road and until they learn how to make the safest choices in every situation. Graduated licensing ensures that teenagers are not given more responsibility than they are ready for.
A Detroit accident lawyer can help victims in the city and surrounding suburbs including Warren and Sterling Heights. Contact Fraser & Souweidane P.C. at (866) 465-9095 or visit www.fsattorneys.com to schedule a free consultation.