Car Crashes are the No. 1 Cause of Death for WI Teens
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Oct 18, 2013 in Car Accidents
A story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for Wisconsin teenagers, taking 48 young lives last year and injuring more than 5,000.
Here are a few facts about teen drivers from the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- The risk of crashing increases when teen drivers have other teens in their car. Almost two out of three crash deaths involving 16-year-old drivers in the U.S. happened with one or more teen passengers.
- Teen drivers are four times likelier to crash than older drivers.
- Fatal crash rates for 16-year-olds are twice as high during nighttime than daytime.
- The newer the teen driver, the higher the risk of crashing.