A study by the RAC Foundation has revealed that young drivers aged 17-19 are more likely to be involved in a car accident. Despite accounting for just 1.5% of the total number of licensed drivers, almost 12% of people injured or killed in a car accident were involved in a crash with younger drivers.
Studying 49 areas of the UK, the RAC Foundation examined statistics for police accidents over a five year period (2008-2012). It now proposes to introduce a graduated licensing system or ‘probationary period’ for new drivers. This would last for 12 months and would include rules as to what new drivers can and can’t do on the road. It’s estimated that this could prevent 4,500 people being injured each year.
On average, 188,368 people were injured annually during the period studied, with one in every eight drivers injured in a crash involving 17 to 19 year old drivers. The highest number of crashes involving young drivers occurs in the Dyfed Powys area in Wales, where 18.2% of those injured were involved in an accident with a young driver. Perhaps surprisingly, the smallest proportion of crashes involving young drivers occurs in London – 5.6%.
Plans to implement the graduated licensing scheme are currently on hold, but this could be a positive step to prevent accidents and reduce the number of road accident compensation claims.
Have you been injured in a car accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident, there are a number of different injuries you may have sustained. Here are a few of the potential injuries which could occur:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Crush injuries
Whether you have been seriously injured or suffered minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, if you believe the accident was someone else’s fault, you could make a claim for compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible and they will be able to advise you whether you have a viable claim.
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Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been dealing with car accident compensation claims for many years. Backed by our patron Esther Rantzen and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, we are proud of the high level of customer service we offer and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. We don’t deal with any other areas of law – personal injury is our speciality. Why not pick up the phone and call us today with your questions or to get the ball rolling on your claim?