There are thousands of deaths every year caused by car accidents, so it is always important to drive safely and to be aware of your surroundings. Here is some information about fatal car accidents and which demographics in Nevada are more likely to end up in a fatal accident.
Who’s more likely to be in a fatal accident?
Out of every demographic, teenage drivers who have recently obtained a driver’s license have the highest likelihood of ending up in a fatal accident. Traffic safety analysts have determined that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than experienced adult drivers.
Reasons why teens have high fatal accident rates
There are many things that could contribute to the higher rate of car accidents resulting in serious harm for teens. The most obvious factor is the lack of driving experience. Newly licensed drivers have not been driving long enough to know what to do in emergency situations. Adults, on the other hand, have typically been driving for years and have a greater understanding of how things work on the road.
Another problem is that these newly licensed teenagers are still immature and don’t realize that reckless driving has real consequences. They don’t think about how they could end up losing their lives or cause other people to lose their lives.
Distracted driving is also very common among young drivers. Whether it’s texting and driving or simply talking with their friends instead of focusing on the road in front of them, distractions can cause deadly accidents.
For these reasons, it is crucial that newly licensed drivers be extra mindful when operating a motor vehicle. No matter your age, it is your duty as a driver to protect yourself on the road and not put anyone else in harm’s way.