You hear people talk about how inexperienced drivers are dangerous. They mention that teens pose a serious risk on the road. They act like young drivers put everyone at risk.
But is this true? Do teens really cause more car accidents?
First off, you never want to stereotype anyone, and teens can be safe drivers. Many are. It’s clear that other issues on the road — distracted driving and drunk driving, for instance — are far more problematic than teen drivers.
That said, it is true that teens cause more accidents than other age groups. They even cause too many accidents for their own age group.
For example, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notes that the cost of car accidents involving teens was about $13.6 billion in 2016. That was 8.4% of the total. While that may sound like a small percentage, the reality is that teen drivers — those from 15 years old to 19 years old — only account for 6.5% of the overall population.
On top of that, not all teens drive. Many 15-year-olds don’t have a license yet. Even those from 16 to 19 may put off getting a license, or they may have a license and not own a car. Teens already cause too many accidents, but it’s not as if their entire segment of the population is even behind the wheel. That makes the difference even more striking.
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