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Fatal car accidents involving teen drivers on the rise

Drivers of any age can cause a car accident in Fairfax County, Virginia, but there are some drivers who are more likely than others to be involved in fatal car crashes, specifically, teen drivers. A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), reveals that deaths from teen-involved car collisions are on the rise.

Alarmingly, the report reveals that crash deaths in which teens were involved rose ten percent in 2015 alone. Crash deaths of the general population rose only 7.2 percent during that same year. GHSA's report indicates that teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in car accidents that result in fatalities than adults.

Interestingly, teen-involved crash deaths had been on the decline over the past ten years, and 2015 reflects the first increase since 2006. Older teens, those ages 18 to 20, are more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes than their younger teen counterparts, ages 15 to 17, according to the report, and are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes in the early morning hours between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Furthermore, between 2005 and 2014, there was a 56 percent decrease in teen-driver involved fatal crashes for those teens ages 15 to 17, compared to only a 44 percent decrease for those teens ages 18 to 20.

The report also reveals that, despite being under the legal age limit to consume alcohol, many teen drivers who die in fatal crashes have a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. Specifically, 24 percent of 19 year olds and 28 percent of 20 year olds who died in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

If you have been involved in an auto accident with a teen driver and suffered serious injuries, you may be able to recover financially for your medical expenses and pain and suffering. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding your legal options.

Source: Governors Highway Safety Association, "As Teen-Involved Crash Deaths Spike 10 Percent, New Report Spotlights Older Teen Driver Behavior," accessed Oct. 21, 2016

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