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Foundation for Traffic Safety studies teen driving fatality rates

When Kentucky teenagers are driving with only other teens as passengers, car accident death rates increase significantly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when there are only teenagers in a crashed vehicle, the rate of fatalities rises by 51 percent. For the driver and passengers in other vehicles, the fatality rate is 56 percent higher.

In the same teen driver/passenger crash scenario, the fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists involved jumps by 17 percent, according to the AAA study. It jumps by 45 percent for the teenage driver as well. When teenagers are driving with passengers who are at least 35 years old, on the other hand, fatality rates are 8 percent lower.

A director of public affairs for AAA said that the study demonstrates the increased danger of inexperienced teenage drivers on the road. She said parents should set and consistently enforce rules about carrying other teenage passengers.

Based on the statistics, AAA has made a recommendation that teenagers complete at least 100 supervised hours of driving practice before they get behind the wheel on their own. In 2016, more than 3,200 people died in vehicle crashes that involved teen drivers.

Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or other damages. An attorney could help in such a case by examining the causes of an accident and identifying parties who might be liable. Once information has been gathered, the lawyer could adequately negotiate for a fair settlement.

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