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A Garner high school senior died in an accident in Clayton, North Carolina (NC) on Monday. Roy A. Bryant was killed when he lost control of his car and crossed the center line.

A car traveling in the opposite direction crashed into his car on Highway 70. The woman driving the other car and her 1-year-old daughter were injured. According to the Highway Patrol, Bryant was speeding and did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt.

It is very sad news to learn that a loved one or family member has been injured or killed due to a car accident. Furthermore, if it is a young person such as a teenager that has died, then it is especially hard to bear.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States and accidents while driving cause 36% of all deaths in this age group according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are some alarming statistics that I have compiled so that you may use them to heighten your awareness to teenage driving risks. It is my hope that you can use them to talk with the young driver’s you may know.

Teenage Driver Facts:

Deaths Each year over 5,000 teens ages 16 to 20 die due to fatal injuries caused car accidents. About 400,000 drivers age 16 to 20 will be seriously injured.

Risks The risk of being involved in a car accident the highest for drivers aged 16- to 19-year-olds than it is for any other age group. For each mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are about four times more likely than other drivers to crash.

Stats Teenagers are about 10 percent of the US Population but account for 12 percent all fatal car crashes.

Costs. Drivers (both male and female) under age 24 account for 30% – $26 billion dollars of the total costs of car accidents in the US.

Male versus Female The car accident death rate for teen male drivers and passengers is more than one and a half times female teen driver (19.4 killed per 100,000 male drivers compared with 11.1 killed per 100,000 female drivers.

New Drivers The risk of a crash is much higher during the first year teenagers are able to drive.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more.


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