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Decline in teen driving attributed to the economy and rise in technology

There are several reasons why teenage drivers are more prone to getting into and causing accidents.
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    December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Recently, two Pennsylvania high football players were killed in a car accident the night before a playoff game, says the Huffington Post. However, these two teenagers were not the only ones harmed in the accident. One other person involved in the accident was also killed and two other members of the football team and two children were injured.

Teenage drivers' susceptibility to accidents

Unfortunately, accidents like this one that involve, injure and kill teenagers and other drivers in a vehicle accident are not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young drivers, ages 15 to 24, only account for 14 percent of the population in the U.S. However, approximately 30 percent of motor vehicle injuries among men can be traced back to teenage accidents and 28 percent of injuries for women.

There are several reasons why teenage drivers are more prone to getting into and causing accidents. The CDC states that:
- Teenage drivers are not as likely to fully understand the dangers in a driving situation.
- Teenagers are more likely to speed and not keep enough space between their car and the driver ahead of them.
- In comparison with other drivers on the road, teens are the group which has the lowest rate of seatbelt use.

Although teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in a car accident, studies have found that the number of teenagers out driving has declined in the past few years.

The decline in teenage drivers

Recently, a study done by the Highway Loss Data Institute found that there has been a 12 percent dip in teenagers with their licenses and a 23 percent reduction in miles driven by drivers under the age of 35. The report found that the effects of the recent recession had a profound impact on teenagers looking for jobs and it is this downturn in the economy that has caused this reduction in teenage drivers.

However, other studies conclude that this decline in teenage drivers can be traced back to the rise and prevalence of technology in teenager's lives. According to a survey conducted by the rental company Zipcar, approximately 75 percent of drivers ages 18 to 34 stated that they preferred shopping online and 65 percent of those questioned stated that they would rather go without their car than lose access to their computer or phone.

Even though recent research has shown that there are fewer teenage drivers out on the road, their threat to other drivers still remains. If you were involved in an accident caused by a teenage driver, contact an attorney that can help guide you through the legal process.

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