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Study: Adding Young Passengers Increases a Teen Driver’s Crash Risk

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 6, 2012

The risk of a 16- or 17-year-old driver suffering a car accident increases with each passenger under age 20 that the driver transports in his or her vehicle, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The study examined accidents in which a young driver had no passengers, one or more passengers under age 20, and one passenger 35 or older. Compared to having zero passengers, 16- or 17-year-olds behind the wheel had a 44% increased chance of crashing if they had one passenger under 20. Read the rest »

Study Finds Teen Passengers Dangerous for New Drivers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 14, 2012

According to a KTNV.com news report, a new study shows that teen’s risk of dying in an auto accident is significantly higher when others teens are in the car. The research study, conducted by the Automobile Association of America’s Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), was based on an examination of 2007-2010 government data on teen automobile crashes. The study arrived at a conclusion most people, especially parents, are already aware of: teens driving with other teens or young adults is much riskier than when an adult is along for the ride.

The study found that, as compared to driving with no passengers, the risk of death per mile increased 44 percent when a 16 or 17-year-old driver had at least one passenger in the vehicle under age 21. In addition, the risk is double when the driver carried two passengers under 21-years-old and quadruples when three or more passengers were in the vehicle. On the contrary, if a passenger in the car was age 35 or older, the risk of the teen driver dying in a crash decreased by 62 percent. Read the rest »

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