Car crash stats: Fewer Massachusetts teens getting into accidents

Good news has recently come forward regarding car crash statistics in Massachusetts. The news relates to the number of teenagers who involved in automobile accidents. When a car crash injures or kills someone so young, it is terribly saddening and unfortunate. Therefore it is especially good to hear that fewer young drivers are getting into crashes.

Data from the state of Massachusetts suggests that the decrease in teenage accidents is a result of increased training requirements and boosts in penalties for teenagers who commit infractions. Another reason is likely due to the fact that there are not as many teenage drivers on the road. In fact, the number of drivers aged 16 and 17 has decreased by 25 percent since 2006.

The decrease in teenage drivers is due to the increased training requirements for young drivers, meaning that it is more difficult and more expensive for young drivers to obtain a driver's license. Still, drivers under the age of 18 are three times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than drivers in other age categories. It has been suggested that the best way to resolve this problem and improve the safety of teenage drivers is through better education.

Whenever any Massachusetts teenager is injured or killed in a car crash due to the negligence of another party, the injured person or the victim's family may wish to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the party thought responsible. Compensation from a successfully litigated case can help victims and their families pay for medical care and much-needed rehabilitation services. They can also help family members of victims who died obtain a sense of closure in the matter, along with reimbursement for end of life expenses and other financial damages recognized under our laws.

Source: The Boston Globe, Car accidents involving Massachusetts teens plummet after license requirements toughened, Todd Wallack, Nov. 19, 2013