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Are Teen Drivers More At-Risk of Crashes?

Teens Record Most Crashes in Utah

Since 2010, Utah teen drivers have been involved in the highest rate of motor vehicle accidents compared to any other group in the state. While data from the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS) shows that most of these collisions resulted in no injuries (70.64% in 2021), it highlights an ongoing issue.

According to the most recent data release, 22% of crashes in 2021 involved a teen driver. The 13-20 age group also recorded a crash rate 26% higher than the next highest demographic (21-24). It’s also important to note that 2021 had the highest number of teen driver-involved crashes since UDPS began tracking this information in 2010.

By further examining the data from this past year, we can more effectively understand why teens may be more at-risk. Read on to learn more.

What Attributes Are Common in Teen Driver-Involved Crashes?

Among the crashes that occurred in 2021, three primary contributing factors accounted for nearly one-third of all teen driver-involved collisions:

  • Following too closely.
  • Failing to yield right of way.
  • Failing to keep in the proper lane.

However, we would be remiss not to acknowledge that these are actions frequently associated with distracted driving, even if the UDPS only reported about 160 crashes involving distractions. That being said, nearly one-third of distracted driving-related crashes among this group involved cellphone use.

Day and Time

Another important aspect to note is the day of the week and the time of day that these collisions occur. About 20.5% of crashes were during the after-school period from 2 pm to 7 pm, and 21% occurred from Friday to Sunday. However, when looking only at crashes resulting in serious injury or fatality, about 50% of crashes occurred from Friday to Sunday, and the peak times were more scattered, happening at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5-7 pm, and 9 pm.

Regardless of what other external factors may be at play, teen drivers are encouraged to remain more attentive to the roadway and their surroundings. Not doing so could result in serious, and potentially life-altering, implications.

Salt Lake City Car Accident Attorneys

The attorneys at Steele Adams Hosman are dedicated to helping the roads become safer for all users by holding negligent individuals accountable for their actions. When you’ve been involved in a collision, our team is here to help. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (801) 999-1506 or filling out this short form.