Teens driving w/peers at higher risk for fatal wrecks
Study: 8 times more likely to die when w/2 or more teen passengers
College Station, Tx — A study by Texas A & M university finds that teenagers driving with their peers are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal crash.
According to the Texas A & M Transportaion Institute, 15- to 17-year old drivers are nearly eight times as likely to be involved in a fatal wreck when driving wiht two or more teen passengers. The study was compiled using ten years of national traffic data.
The study also found that the number of teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes dropped by 60% from 2002 to 2011. However, the percentage of fatalities that occured when other teens were in the vehicle, increased each year.
Researchers also found that drivers, age 19 and under, are three times more likely to die in accidents.
A & M researchers say that teenage drivers are at a disadvantage because their brains have not completely developed, making them more easily distracted and likely to take more risks behind the wheel.
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