Brent Adams & Associates’ Raleigh car accident lawyers read a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that shows Saturday is the deadliest day for teenagers driving in the South.
According to a study of crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 18,000 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 data in car crashes during 2006 to 2010. This death rate is nearly three times that of drivers 20 years of age and older. By comparison, the national death rate is 16.2 teenage deaths per 100,000 people.
Wyoming has the highest rate of death per capita among teenagers than any other state. Wyoming is followed by Montana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas and Alabama.
The safest states were the District of Columbia, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
Erie Insurance Company is taking steps to reduce the teenage death rate with safety programs designed for teens to share good driving tips and experiences and warn their peers of bad driving behavior. An Erie Insurance spokesman said: “Inexperience combined with a never ending list of distractions can add up to a deadly combination for teen drivers…”
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes that state graduated driver licensing laws have helped reduce teen crash rates significantly in recent years.