According to preliminary data, the number of teen driver fatalities increased for the first six months of 2011. According to the Teenager Driver Fatalities by State report by The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), comparing the first six months of 2011 with the first six months of 2010 shows a 16 percent increase in fatalities involving 16-year-old drivers and a seven percent increase in fatalities involving 17-year-old drivers. This increase marks a tragic reversal of yearly declines that have been occurring since states began adopting graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems in the mid-1990s.
New Jersey, however, actually saw a slight decrease in teenage driver fatalities from three caused by NJ auto accidents in the first six months of 2010 to two in 2011. It is important to keep an eye on these statistics to see if the GDL programs are working.
Under the New Jersey GDL system, young drivers on a special learner’s permit are not allowed to after 11:01 p.m. or before 5 a.m. A front seat adult must accompany them and only one additional passenger is allowed unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drivers are not allowed to use cell phones or video game systems and seat belts must be worn at all times.
Anyone who has been injured by a teenage driver or whose young driver has been hurt in a crash would be well advised to speak with an experienced car accident attorney who can help them determine liability for the accident. Depending on the cause of the collision, financial compensation may be available for their losses.
The reputed fatal car crash lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to help victims of New Jersey car accidents secure the compensation they need. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a New Jersey accident, please call our offices right away at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.