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Data shows young drivers can be dangerous

Georgia teen drivers who allow other teens in their vehicles may be creating hazardous situations for everyone. This is according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It found that the fatality rate for those in a vehicle containing all teenagers increased by 51 percent. When vehicles had older drivers, the fatality rates decreased for everyone in the vehicle.

When a car or truck was driven by a teen, it also enhanced the odds that others using the road could be killed in a crash. Specifically, the fatality rate for those in other vehicles increased 56 percent. For pedestrians, their risk increased by 17 percent if a vehicle was driven by a teen and had teenage passengers inside. Researchers said that parents of young drivers need to be aware that their sons or daughters need time to gain experience behind the wheel.

Safety advocates say that a teenager will ideally have 100 hours of supervised driving time before they are allowed to drive alone. Parents are encouraged to set limits on how many passengers their young drivers can have and enforce them. In 2016, there were more than a million crashes involving teenage drivers, and those crashes resulted in over 3,200 people dying.

The victim of a motor vehicle accident could face many challenges. For example, they may not be able to go back to work, maintain relationships with other people or participate in activities that they used to enjoy. Someone who has been injured because of a driver's negligence might be entitled to compensation. A lawsuit settlement could cover medical bills or make up for lost wages or future earnings.

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