Lack of Experience
One major cause of car crashes is lack of experience behind the wheel. Accident rates for teenage drivers are high, mainly due to a level of immaturity in conjunction with driving inexperience. A driver’s inexperience, regardless of age, can make it difficult to recognize and promptly respond to any sudden dangers that may arise while driving. Unusual circumstances or small but sudden emergencies can be disastrous when an inexperienced driver is faced with them. Automobile crashes involving teenage drivers are usually single-vehicle crashes, primarily run-off-the-road accidents that consist of motorist error and/or speeding. They frequently happen when other teenagers occupy the vehicle with the younger and inexperienced driver, causing even more distractions for the driver and therefore increasing the likelihood of an accident.
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Signs of driver inexperience that can result in an accident include:
According to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 350,000 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 required medical attention in emergency rooms for injuries related to automobile accidents. As a matter of fact, according to a recent nine-year study from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 30,917 individuals lost their lives in automobile accidents that involved drivers between the ages of 15 and 17. Various factors play a part in this alarming amount of teenage accidents, but one of the main factors is inexperience. When inexperience is combined with the distractions of cell phones, whether it’s from phone calls or text messaging, the end results can be even more catastrophic.