According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), teen traffic fatalities over the first six months of 2011 increased considerably from the year 2010. In fact, deaths of 16-year-olds increased 16 percent to 93 fatalities and deaths of 17-year-olds increased seven percent to 118. This increase goes against the recent trend of decreasing teenage fatalities since the adoption of graduation driver licensing systems.
Nationwide, between January and June of 2010, there were 190 teen drivers aged 16 and 17 killed in passenger vehicle accidents. During that same period in the year 2011, there were 211 deaths. Nevada is one of only a few states that were able to avoid fatal car accidents involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the first half of 2010 or 2011. Most states had fatalities in both years and 23 states saw an increase from the year 2010 to 2011.
According to the report, the dangers of teenage driving cannot be minimized. Parents need to do their part to encourage safe driving habits. This not only includes obeying the speed limit, but also turning off cell phones, limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle, setting curfews for teen drivers, and inspiring safe habits by leading by example.
If your teenager has been injured in a car accident, or if you have been hurt by a teen driver, please contact the experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone. Please call us at 702-570-0000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.