A new traffic accident study has shed light on fatal car accidents, teen drivers, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Among the study’s findings is the troubling fact that female teens are now just as likely to be involved in a fatal drunk driving accident as their male counterparts.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, examined crash data from across the country over two years, including information from over 6,900 fatal teen crashes and 6,800 non-fatal teen crashes. Here are some of the findings:
- Female teen drivers are now significantly more likely to be involved in a fatal DUI accident, closing the gender gap that existed just ten years ago – in 1997, male teen drivers were twice as likely to be involved in fatal drunk driving accidents.
- Teen drivers with any amount of alcohol in their systems were more than three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than sober teen drivers.
- Teens with a blood alcohol of 0.02 or above were four times more likely to be involved in single-vehicle accidents.
- Sober male teen drivers are twice as likely to be killed in a car accident than they were just ten years ago. Researchers believe that mobile devices and distracted driving may be to blame.
Has your teen been involved in a Texas car accident, or have you been involved in a Texas car accident caused by a drunk or distracted teen? In either case, you may wish to speak with a Dallas drunk driving accident attorney about your case. Call the Rasansky Law Firm today to schedule a free, private consultation.