The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a report that shows a 19 percent increase in the number of deaths of drivers age 16 or 17 in the first half of 2012. If the trend holds, it will be the second year in a row that such deaths were up after eight years of steady declines, according to a report in the Washington Times.
“We know from research and experience that teen drivers are not only a danger to themselves but also a danger to others on the roadways,” Allan Williams, a researcher who had been the chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told the newspaper. “So these numbers are cause for concern.”
Director of Virginia Highway Safety Services John Saunders said that texting and other electronic distractions could play a role in the rising teen deaths.
“The issue of distraction is very underreported,” Saunders said. “There is nothing more important when you are behind the wheel. That phone call or text can always wait.”
The fatality statistics for young drivers are troubling, and we hope that raising awareness will help.
Meanwhile, the effect on innocent drivers who are in the wrong place at the wrong time should also be discussed. If you suffered a personal injury due to a negligent driver in Florida, you could be eligible to receive money damages.
Don’t hesitate to discuss your case with the Florida car accident attorneys at the Disparti Law Group, P.A. Our firm puts a focus on personal injury law, and for over 30 years we have helped obtain compensation for people injured by the negligent or careless acts of others.
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