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3 Surprising Facts About Teenage Drivers

young blonde teenage girl buckling her seatbelt in the driver's seat

In Texas, you can get a driver’s license at the age of 16. While this gives teenagers an exciting amount of new freedom and allows parents relief from chauffeuring, it also comes with risks. Teenage drivers are brand new on the roads - let’s discuss what that can mean.

Teenage Drivers Are Most Likely To Be In a Car Crash

Drivers aged 16-19 have the highest risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. Additionally, they are also the most at-risk age group to be involved in a fatal crash.

About one in five 16-year-old drivers will get into an accident during their first year of driving.

Teenage Boys Are More At-Risk Than Teenage Girls

Teenage boys tend to drive with less caution, putting them at about double the risk compared to teenage girl drivers.

Did you know that due to this difference in gender risk, teenage boys often pay more expensive insurance premiums than girls?

Peer Pressure Plays a Large Part in Teen Driver Accidents

Teenagers are more affected by peer pressure than any other age group. This is also a key part of young adult car accidents.

Teenagers may:

  • Drive fast or dangerously to impress their peers
  • Be hesitant to speak up if they are a passenger who feels unsafe
  • Become distracted while driving as they try to remain in conversation with their passengers

Data supports these assertions, as over half of teenagers admit to peer pressure affecting their driving. Because of this, many states have laws restricting how many passengers young drivers can have in their vehicle.

Protecting Your Young Driver

Being involved in your child’s driving education and training can help prevent them from being in a preventable or fatal accident. Be sure to communicate driving risks to your new driver and emphasize the importance of safety on the road, especially as they are still gaining experience.

Car Accident Attorneys in Dallas

If you or a loved one suffer injuries in an auto accident, our attorneys at Palmer Perlstein want to help fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our team today to discuss the specifics of your personal injury case: (214) 891-3382.