Teens are an unavoidable part of the landscape of Louisiana roads. Everyone who has a driver’s license started somewhere and many were teens when they first got behind the wheel. It is understandable that they will be inexperienced and make mistakes. However, since they are driving and a vehicle can easily morph into a dangerous weapon, it is important to keep up to date on research into teen drivers and their risks on the road.

Although recklessness, behaving as a distracted driver, negligence and other dangerous acts can be attributed to teens, a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found an interesting tidbit when it comes to teen drivers. According to AAA, the number of fatal accidents in 2016 indicated that teens who had other teens in the vehicle were 51 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. If the teens had someone 35 or older with them, the numbers fell by eight percent.

AAA believes that the lack of experience on the part of teen drivers is a major issue in these numbers. Distractions also cause problems. It is advised to keep teen drivers from having other teens in the vehicle – except for family members – in the first six months the teen is driving. A minimum of 100 practice hours is believed to improve safety before they are allowed to drive alone.

When there is a car accident, it is imperative for the victim to have all the available information as to its cause. Having legal advice and guidance from a law firm experienced in car accidents can help with moving forward with a case.