Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among the UK’s young people, but why are young drivers more likely to be involved in accidents on the road? And is it really fair to stereotype all adolescents as risk-taking drivers?
Why are accidents more common among young people?
A lack of experience is the major contributor to higher rates of car accidents among young people. The types of incident, which are more common among younger drivers, are different to those seen in older drivers; there are more single car accidents and more crash injuries related to loss of control. With experience behind the wheel, you gain a better understanding of the roads and other drivers and you hone your ability to make sound judgements. Speeding is also a major problem among drivers aged between 17 and 25 years old.
Is it fair to stereotype young drivers as risk-taking drivers?
The stereotype is that all young drivers, especially young men, are reckless behind the wheel; however, this is not always the case and many young drivers are very responsible. Sadly, the statistics show that young drivers are more likely to be involved in collisions on the road, but this doesn’t mean that all drivers are careless.
Safety tips for new drivers
Although it can be tempting to let loose behind the wheel after months of driving incredibly carefully under the watchful eye of an instructor, it’s important to realise the potential consequences of a road accident. When you drive carelessly you don’t just put your own life at risk you also endanger passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. Here are some safety tips which may help to reduce your risk of being injured in a car crash:
- pay attention to the speed limit
- take extra care on country roads
- concentrate on the road ahead and be vigilant
- always check your mirrors and your blind spot before manoeuvring
- avoid drink driving
- avoid driving in severe weather conditions
- arrange extra tuition if you lack confidence on the motorway or driving when it is dark
Can I claim compensation for a car crash?
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a car crash which was not your fault in the last three years, you may be able to claim road traffic accident compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, and our expert personal injury lawyers will do their best to get you the car crash compensation you deserve.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice