The deadly days have arrived for teenage drivers, along with new data about what makes the warm-weather months so dangerous.
While the overwhelming majority of crashes involving teen drivers are the operators’ fault, 40 percent of those interviewed for an insurance industry report said they had no control over whether they got into an accident.
“Seventy-five percent of teen crashes are caused by driver error. It’s troubling that so many believe they have no control over whether or not they will crash,” said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm insurance.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, and preliminary indications are that after declining for several years, they increased in the first half of 2012. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, which receives information that states send to a federal database, showed that deaths of teen drivers nationwide increased by 19 percent in the first six months of last year.