Even as the number of fatalities in motor vehicle accidents has been declining, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that there has been an increase in the number of teenage drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported a 29% decline in traffic accidents in the first 6 months of 2011. During the same period of time, there was an 11% increase in the number of teenage drivers killed in accidents. Accident prevention strategies that are being implemented to keep adult motorists safe do not seem to be having any benefits for teenage drivers.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there was a 16% increase in the number of 16-year-old drivers in accidents in the first half of 2011, and a 7% increase in the number of 17-year-olds killed in accidents during the same time. In both these cases, the numbers were higher than during the first half of 2010. Overall, the increase was about 11%.
In California, the number of fatalities in the first months of 2011 was the same as during the same time the previous year. The data is only for the first half of the year, and once the final figures are available, San Francisco car accident lawyers will have a better understanding of how California has fared in keeping teen drivers safe.
A total of 23 states reported increases in teen driver fatalities, while only 19 states reported a decline in these rates. Eight states and the District of Columbia reported no change in teen fatality numbers.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association speculates that the effect of graduated driver’s licensing programs is probably leveling off because these laws have been in existence for a while, and this has possibly contributed to this increase. Additionally, the researchers also believe that more teens are now driving because of improved economic conditions.