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Which age group causes the most fatal car accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2022 | Car Accidents |

It’s very clear that fatal car accidents happen in every age group. Someone may cause a serious crash if they’re 16 years old and they got their license a week ago or if they’re 76 years old and they’ve been driving for six decades. There’s always the risk of a severe accident on the road, as driving is simply one of the most inherently dangerous things most people will ever do.

But are there drivers who pose an extra risk? When you look at the statistics surrounding drivers who cause fatal accidents, which ones tend to cause the most?

The youngest drivers cause the most fatal accidents

The age group with the most fatal accidents is simply the group containing the very youngest drivers, from 16 to 19 years of age. Due to their inexperience and numerous other factors, these drivers pose some of the greatest risks on the road.

This can be seen in the statistics because these drivers cause a disproportionate number of fatal accidents. For example, only 3.9% of licensed drivers are from 16 to 19 years of age. Despite this, they cause more than twice that many accidents, at 8.6%. When you look at fatal crashes, they cause 6%, which is just a bit more than 1.5 times their age group.

As noted above, inexperience is a large factor in these statistics, which makes it a very hard thing to curb. These young drivers can get experience by driving, but there’s no real way to get them that experience without putting themselves and everyone else in significant danger.

What do you do if you’ve been injured?

If you’ve been injured or if you’ve lost a loved one in a crash caused by another driver, then it becomes very important to look into your legal options to seek financial compensation for your losses.