Monday, 22 October 2012

Nevada Teen Accident Death Rate Higher Than the National Rate

Between 2008 and 2011, the teenage driver accident fatality rate in Nevada was 14.4 deaths per hundred thousand drivers, compared to a national rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 drivers.  A new ranking of all 50 states and the District of Colombia places Nevada at number 33 in these fatality rates.
No Nevada car accident attorney would doubt that those statistics can be improved on.  Statistics show that states that have very stringent licensing programs for teen drivers do a much better job of keeping teenage drivers safe.  A solid graduated driver’s licensing program should include restrictions on driving at night.  The restrictions should preferably be between 10 PM and 6 AM.  However, many states have their restrictions extending between midnight and 6 AM.  In the state of Nevada, there are no nighttime driving restrictions for teenage drivers in the intermediate stage.
A graduated licensing program must also include limitations on the number of teenage passengers in the car of a teen motorist. The federal administration also recommends at least 50 hours of supervised driving before a full license.
Lack of experience is the single biggest factor affecting a teenager’s risk of being involved in an accident.  These drivers also tend to be more aggressive, and are more susceptible to peer pressure, marking them out for a higher risk of accidents.  Teenagers are more impulsive, and are prone to rash driving decisions that can increase the risks of being involved in a crash. 
Other problems that affect the general motorist population like drunk driving and distracted driving are amplified in the motorist population.  This group of drivers is at a higher risk of texting while driving and driving under the influence.

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