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Young Drivers, teenagers and Car Accidents in Rhode Island

Car accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers in the United States. According to the Center For Disease Control, 2,270 teenagers ages 16 to 19 were killed in 2014 alone and over 200,000 were treated in emergency rooms after car accidents. The following contains information about young drivers and how car accidents can be prevented in teenagers.

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Every state in the U.S.has teenage drivers and Rhode Island is no exception. The statistics for drivers under the age of 20 and fatal accidents are:

  • 7 In 2010
  • 4 In 2011
  • 4 In 2012
  • 7 In 2013
  • 4 In 2014

Who Is At Risk?

There are certain groups of young drivers who are at an increased risk of being involved in car accidents. Those most likely to get in car accidents include:

  • Those Driving With Passengers In The Vehicle
  • Males
  • Newly Licensed Drivers

Risk Factors

Many different things place teenage drivers at risk of being involved in an accident. Statistics have shown that most serious or fatal accidents among young drivers occur between 3 p.m. and midnight. In addition, most occurred on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Center For Disease Control also states that teenagers have less ability to predict dangerous situations while driving than older drivers, which raises the risk of accidents. Teenagers also wear seat belts while driving and riding as passengers less often than any other age group.


Statistics also show that teen drivers who attend traffic school and defensive driving courses, have fewer accidents than those who do not. This type of course is designed to heighten the young driver’s awareness in safe driving, avoiding alcohol use while driving and distracted driving. Teenagers are more likely than any other age driver to text while driving their car. Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents in the United States today. During the time it takes to text one message, those driving at a speed of 55 MPH take their eyes off the road long enough to travel the length of a football field.

It is important to prevent as many serious and fatal car accidents among young drivers as possible. Parents must be on the lookout for any areas in their teenagers driving that needs improvement, to reduce their car accident risk.

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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