While motorists are behind the wheels of their vehicles while they are impaired or distracted, statistics demonstrate that these problems are especially prevalent among teen drivers. Researchers believe that teens have an invincibility complex and that they are immune from the consequences of risky behaviors. This has led drivers under the age of 21 to be involved in 17 percent of fatal accidents that were alcohol-related despite being only 10 percent of the driving population.
Each year, around 2,000 young drivers are killed in accidents involving alcohol. Overall, alcohol is a factor in roughly one-third of accidents involving teenage drivers. Research indicates that those who started drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to be involved in such an accident. Studies have revealed that one in six teens has engaged in binge drinking that can result in a blood alcohol content well above the legal limit.
Teenagers are also more likely to send or receive text messages while driving, and such behavior has lead to 3,000 teenage deaths annually. In the time it takes to look at a cellphone, a car traveling at 55 miles per hour will have gone a distance equivalent to a football field. It can also slow a teen driver's reaction time to that equal to a 70-year-old.
Injuries suffered in a car crash can be life-altering, resulting in high medical expenses and requiring a long recovery period. Those who have been injured in such an accident that was caused by another driver who was impaired or distracted may wish to talk to a personal injury attorney to determine how to seek compensation from the responsible party to cover the damages that have been incurred.