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Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among US teenagers, accounting for 36% of all deaths for 15 to 19 year olds (www.nhtsa 2). There are many factors that make this statistic so high, alcohol, passengers, and just plain experience and maturity. In most high schools in the United States there are required driver’s education classes that the students must pass before graduating. There are also classes that you can choose to take to get out of paying for a ticket. But neither of these is required before actually getting your driver’s license.
The percentage of youth fatalities that were alcohol related in 1996 was 36.6% (www.mentalhealth 1). This is almost half of the fatalities that were caused by teenagers. The alcohol law in the United States is that you must be at least 21 years of age to consume any amount of alcohol. Nearly half the fatalities caused by teenagers are breaking this law that is obviously present for a reason. This is where the maturity and experience comes in. The teenagers today are not learning anythi
Another main factor in the high fatality rate for youth is passengers. In general, for every 100,000 licensed drivers, 66 teenagers, and 28 adults are involved in fatal crashes www. I finally got it, but failed to check and make sure that everyone had stopped on their red light. Most people say that if they are mature enough to have a job, then they should be able to drive. When I was 16, I was my car at night with my friend sitting right next to me in the passenger"tms seat. In contrast, death rates fell with each additional passenger in cars driven by older drivers. In my experiences, these statistics seem to be right on target. This all comes with maturity, and living in reality for a while.