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Inexperienced teen drivers more likely to cause fatal accidents

When teens in Wyoming get their driver's licenses, their excitement to hit the open road could end in death. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that teen drivers without adult supervision and transporting only other teens produced fatal accidents 51 percent more often than other drivers. When researchers filtered data to look for speeding or night-time crashes, the death rates were even higher.

People occupying vehicles hit by teen drivers fared the worst. Their fatality rate was 56 percent higher. The teen drivers themselves died 45 percent more often compared to other types of accidents. Vehicles operated by teens accompanied by other teens also caused a heightened rate of deaths among pedestrians and bicyclists.

The presence of a person age 35 or older in a vehicle reduced most fatal wrecks. When accidents happened to teen drivers supervised by adults, the rate of fatalities dropped by 8 percent. Based on these findings, researchers urged parents to help teens practice driving for a minimum of 100 hours. Parents also should prohibit their teen drivers from transporting other teens because of the risks of serious accidents.

A person badly injured in a wreck caused by a negligent driver could face financial hardships. Mounting medical bills coupled with lost income could significantly undermine someone's quality of life and plans for the future. Personal injury law might support a victim of a car accident caused by distracted driving, speeding, intoxication or failure to yield. Because injuries might impede a person's ability to organize evidence and negotiate with a hostile insurance company, the representation of an attorney may empower an individual. An attorney's familiarity with insurance, traffic law and accident investigations might result in an insurance claim or lawsuit that clearly communicates the person's eligibility for a financial settlement.

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