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AAA recommends 100 practice hours for teen drivers

Statistics released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that teenage motorists are far more likely to be involved in fatal crashes when they are driving with teen passengers. New York residents, especially those with teen drivers in the household, might be interested in the specifics of the study.

The research indicates that when teenagers are driving and crash with teen passengers, the death rate for all people involved is increased by 51 percent. For the occupants of other vehicles sharing the road, the rate of fatalities jumped by 56 percent. The rate was 45 percent higher for the teen driver and 17 percent higher for cyclists and pedestrians.

According to a AAA public affairs director, the lack of driving experience among teenage drivers increases the odds of motor vehicle accident deaths. She said parents should be serious about establishing and enforcing rules for their teens carrying teenage passengers.

According to the research, when teens driver with people over the age of 35, the fatality rate drops by 8 percent. AAA made a recommendation that teenagers complete no less than 100 hours of supervised practice before they are allowed to drive by themselves.

In 2016, there were more than a million crashes reported involving teenage drivers. These collisions caused an excess of 3,200 crash deaths. People who are injured in motor vehicle accidents may be able to obtain compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses. An attorney with experience in personal injury law could help by putting together evidence and developing a case for trial. An attorney might be able to identify parties who have liability or negotiate a settlement with insurers and at-fault drivers.