Teen Drivers Are the Most at Risk Age Group in New York

Author: Ted Rosenberg

Parents who are concerned about their teenager’s driving safety have good reason to be concerned.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to be involved in car accidents than adult drivers.  Statistics from 2009 showed that 3,000 teens from the ages 15 through 19 were killed and in excess of 350,000 received emergency room treatment because of car accidents.  Car accidents are the largest cause of death for individuals in this age group, accounting for one third of all teenage deaths.

Some other noteworthy statistics about teen car crashes include:

  • 65 percent of teens age 16 or 17 involved in accidents are male
  • 36 percent of teens were speeding
  • From 2004 to 2008, teen driver fatal crashes decreased by 36 percent

Graduated license law

In response to teenage driving accidents and fatalities, New York passed a graduated license law in 2003 that stiffened driving requirements for teens.

The graduated license law requires teenagers driving with learner permits to have a licensed adult (21 years or older) in the car with them and prohibits carrying more than one passenger under the age of 21 (unless family members) without the driver’s parent, legal guardian, or a certified driving instructor also in the car.  Drivers supervising teens must ride in the front seat beside them.

If your teen has been injured in a car crash because of someone else’s negligence, a knowledgeable and experienced Long Island car accident attorney can help you seek compensation to cover medical and other expenses.