Car AccidentsNot a Party Car: Accidents More Likely When Teens Have Passengers

May 15, 2012by Aaron Allison

For young people the greatest risk of injury or death comes from automobile accidents. A recent study conducted by AAA’s safety foundation found that chances of a fatal car accident for teen drivers dramatically increase when other friends are present in the car.

This may not come as news to most parents. Safety researchers have also long known that novice drivers are distracted by the presence of other teens. However, no studies have looked at specific data since the mid-1990s. Thus, government teen crash data from 2007 and 2010 was recently reviewed.

Teenagers with no passengers or driving with a parent or adult had the least likelihood of being involved in an accident. However, for 16- and 17-year old drivers the chance of deadly accident almost doubles with one teenage passenger. When a young driver has three or more passengers the risk quadruples.

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Aaron Allison

Aaron Allison, a second-generation personal injury lawyer from Austin, follows in the footsteps of his father, who founded their firm in 1978. Admitted to practice by the Texas Supreme Court, the Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court, Aaron brings extensive legal expertise to his clients.

Specializing in personal injury cases, Aaron offers a distinct advantage for Texas workers injured on the job. With Texas workers' compensation laws leading many attorneys to avoid these cases, Aaron is one of only 40 lawyers among 95,000 in Texas who represent injured workers in straight workers' compensation cases. His firm continues to provide dedicated support for those suffering catastrophic work injuries, maintaining a proud tradition of advocacy spanning decades.