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Car crashes are leading cause of fatalities for teens in the U.S.

A couple of weeks ago, our blog talked about the incidence of fatalities and serious injuries that older adult drivers sustain in car accidents. This week our Arizona residents will find it interesting to learn that car accidents do not discriminate based on age or any other factor. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading reason for fatalities of teens in the U.S.

Though teens and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 comprise only about 14 percent of the nation's population, the CDC estimated that about seven teens and young people are killed every day on the road in car accidents. In fact, well over 2,600 teens lost their lives and nearly 292,000 people received treatment for injuries they sustained in accidents in 2011.

One may be inclined to ask about the reasons for this high incidence of teen fatalities and teens sustaining injuries in car accidents. The answer is not simple and involves various factors. Some of the reasons for the high incidence of car accidents among teens the CDC notes are the inexperience of teens as drivers, not being able to immediately recognize hazardous situations like a seasoned or experienced driver on the road would be able to, teens are more likely to drive at excessive speeds and indulge in more risky behaviors, lack of seat belt use, and drinking and driving. In fact, 2012 CDC statistics noted that about 37 percent of all fatal car accidents involving teens and young people between the ages of 15 and 19 involved speeding and nearly a quarter of them involved drinking and driving.

When one chooses to drive their vehicle on the road, they are assuming a risk. But, driving is a privilege and laws are in place to prevent and minimize car accidents. However, the sad reality is that they can happen very fast, with limited or no warning and can affect anyone, causing both death and serious injuries.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Teen Drivers: Get the Facts," Oct. 7, 2014

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