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Why do young drivers cause more car accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2022 | Automobile Accidents |

It’s very clear to those who study the statistics that young drivers are involved in a lot of car accidents and that the total number of crashes they cause – especially looking at fatal accidents – is disproportionate to the size of the group.

But why is this? Young drivers may have a reputation for being dangerous, and the stats may show that that reputation is warranted, but what is it that makes them dangerous?

Young drivers lack experience

First and foremost, a lack of experience usually plays a fairly serious role. Many drivers who are just in their teens have only been operating a car on their own for months or a few years. They haven’t driven long enough to make mistakes and learn from them, so they’re still in the stage where they are making those errors. Some of these mistakes are bound to cause accidents.

Distracted driving plays a role

Another potential factor is distracted driving. This can happen to any driver, of course, but teens may not realize quite how dangerous it is due to their inexperience. They may decide to text friends, take pictures, browse social media, or use various other apps while they drive. When they do this, it increases the odds of an accident because it takes their mind off of driving. Driving is a very complicated task, and it requires full attention to be done safely.

What are your options?

You may not be a young driver, but you could still be injured in a crash caused by one. If this happens to you, be sure you understand all of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses.