Every parent worries that their teenager who drives could be killed in an automobile accident. It turns out that the teenage driver is far more likely to kill pedestrians or other drivers. The full story is reported in the Star-Telegram:
Nearly two-thirds of the victims in fatal crashes involving young drivers are passengers, pedestrians or people in other vehicles, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
“We need to focus on the effects teen-driver crashes have on others, in addition to the teen drivers themselves,” said Robert Darbelnet, president of the motor club AAA, which sponsored the study.
The study found that drivers ages 15 to 17 were involved in crashes that killed 30,917 people in the past decade. About a third of those killed were teen drivers. Another third were their passengers. A quarter were in other vehicles. The rest, about 8 percent, were nonmotorists.