The Governor’s Highway Safety Association recently reported a nationwide increase in teen accident fatalities in the first 6 months of last year, compared to the previous year. However, California recorded a slight drop in the number of teen drivers killed in the first 6 months of last year.
In California, there were 4 fatalities in the first 6 months of 2012, compared to 6 teenage driver fatalities in the first 6 months of 2011. That was a drop of 2 fatalities, and although it does constitute a decline, it is too insignificant to be considered great progress in reducing teen driver fatalities in the state.
Overall, however, there was an increase in the number of fatalities across country. The number of fatalities involving both 16 and 17-year-old teenage drivers in the United States was much higher in the first 6 months of 2012, compared to the first half of 2011.
In the case of drivers aged 16 years old, the fatality numbers increased from 86 in the first 6 months of 2011, to 107 in the first 6 months of 2012. That was a significant increase of 24%. In the case of 17-year-old drivers, the fatality numbers increased from 116 in 2011, to 133 in the first 6 months of 2012. That was also a statistically significant increase of 15%.
For both 16 as well as 17-year-old drivers combined, the fatality rate increased by 19% in the first half of 2012, compared to the first half of 2011.
The statistics seem to indicate to car accident lawyers that the downward trend in fatality numbers involving 16 and 17-year-old drivers that has been seen over the past few years, has ended. Between 2007 and 2010, there was a decrease of almost 50 percent in the number of teen fatalities aged 16 and 17 years old.
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