Teenagers and Older Adult Drivers Face Serious Risks for Car Accidents in Boca Raton through Holidays
Gregg Hollander | November 25, 2011 | Personal Injury
As the end of the year draws near, families and friends across the country will be venturing out for holiday gatherings. This is a great time to talk to the teen and older adult drivers in your life about safe driving habits. These two age groups are the most at risk for a car accident in Boca Raton.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers across the country. About one out of every three deaths are the result of a traffic accident. In 2009, there were about eight teens between the ages of 15- and 19-years-old who died each day because of motor vehicle accidents.
Per mile driven, this age group is four times more likely to die in an accident than older, more experienced drivers. Luckily, these accidents are preventable and before the holiday traffic speeds in, you’re urged to talk with the young driver in your life about the risks, dangers and consequences they’ll be facing on our roadways.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that the number of motor vehicle accidents spike significantly during the end of each year and during the holidays. This is because so many residents are out attending family gatherings and because tourists and seasonal residents flock to our state for their holiday destination. Families are urged to talk with teenage and older drivers as they’re the most at risk for an accident. Reiterate the importance of safe driving habits with them before it’s too late.
There were roughly 3,000 teenagers who were killed in the U.S. in 2009 because of car accidents. Another 350,000 were injured during this time. Although these young drivers account for less than 15 percent of the country’s population, they racked up a bill of about 30 billion of the state’s costs for all traffic accidents.
Older adult drivers are at some of the same risks as teen drivers. About 500 older adults are injured because of traffic accidents every day. More than 5,500 of these drivers were killed in 2008. Another 183,000 were injured during this time. This means that nearly 20 were killed and another 500 were injured every day.
Once a driver hits 75-years-old, their fatal accident rates increase significantly and skyrocket at age 80.
Teen drivers and older adult drivers should be cautious on our roadways through the holiday season. Loved ones are urged to talk with these drivers about evening driving. When it gets dark, these drivers face a significant increase in their risks for an accident. During this time, teens are likely to overlook the dangers that are lurking on our roadways, while older drivers may be unable to see these hazards because of deteriorating senses. Help to accommodate both groups of drivers to keep them off of our roadways during this time.
No one should be engaging in distractions behind the wheel, but especially teenage and older adult drivers. Distractions contribute to about a third of all fatal accidents. Make sure drivers know their destination, how to get there and leave with plenty of time to spare. These tips will allow your loved ones to concentrate on the roadway instead of maps or GPS devices and will allow them with plenty of time to avoid rushing.
Discuss road signs and speed limits with your loved ones as well to make sure that they understand what’s expected of them behind the wheel.