You share the road with teen drivers every day. That comes with a significant amount of risk. As an age group, these drivers tend to cause a lot of accidents.
For instance, statistics from 2017 show that drivers aged 15 to 19 years of age caused about $13.1 billion in losses due to accidents. That was roughly 8% of the total cost of all accidents for the year. However, the same age group is just 6.5% of the population in the United States. Clearly, this shows that teens cause more damage than they should, statistically speaking, and pose a higher risk than some other age groups.
You also have to remember that not all teens drive when they turn 16-years-old, much less start as learners when they are just 15 years of age. Many of them put off getting a license and may not do it until they are adults. This means that the percentage of the population that teens make up is not the same as the percentage of teen drivers. That group is even smaller, but it still accounted for 8% of the costs.
Why does this happen? Experience often plays a role. Most 15-year-olds are just learning and driving with their parents. Even those teens 16 years of age and older, though they may have passed their tests, just don’t have much real-world experience behind the wheel. This lack of experience can lead to oversights and mistakes.
You can’t avoid sharing the road with teen drivers. You have to know that the risk exists and, if they cause a car accident that injures you, you also need to know what legal options you have.