A promising 21-yeaer-old college student recently died after being involved in a car accident near Athens, Illinois. According to the KirksvilleDailyExpress.com, the student veered off the right side of the road into a ditch. Her car rolled over, landing back on its tires, but the student did not survive the impact. She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The cause of the incident remains unknown, but her experience in not uncommon among people of her age group.
Young drivers are notoriously overrepresented in car accidents. In accidents involving alcohol, drivers from the age 16 to 24 constitute 28 percent of accidents. However, only 14 percent of the U.S. population is in this age group.
There are multiple factors at play here. For one, younger people are often more likely to drink alcohol and use drugs, but also are relatively much less experienced with such substances. Thus, they are more likely to act in ways that that put them in danger, such as driving, when using such substances.
Inexperience also plays a significant role when it comes to driving. Younger people generally have less experience driving, and as such, are more likely to make mistakes that more experienced drivers have learned avoid. The claim that young people have a feeling of invincibility, causing them to be reckless, fits nicely within this causal framework.
Young people are also much more prone to distractions while driving. A 2011 CDC Youth Risk Survey showed that more than one third of young people text while driving. Cell phone use in the past two decades has become more widespread than ever before, and consequently has become an all too common aspect of the driving experience. According to ConsumerReports.org, only one third of 18 to 24-year-old people would speak up if they were passengers in a car when the driver is using a cell phone.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys have blogged a lot recently about the relation between texting and driving while distracted. It is because we recognize the risks associated with these actions, and know from experience that the dangers are real.
Each and every Chicago car accident lawyer at Levin & Perconti wishes everyone the safest of travels, and urges awareness of potentially negligent driving practices. Should you or a loved one be injured or killed as a result of another’s negligence, you can contact our team of Chicago car accident lawyers to find out what rights may be available to you.