This is not shocking news, but a recent study has show that teens who own their own cars are involved in more car accidents than teens who don’t. These findings are a result of a study performed at Children’s hospital of Philadelphia, and will be published in the October issue of Pediatrics.
While getting a car is frequently a right of passage for American teens, there is a grim downside. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers, claiming the lives of more than 5,000 every year. “With teen drivers, you have to recognize that it is a public health issue,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, an Arizona pediatrician and co-author of the report. The report revealed that in 2007 there were more than 7,000 deaths in accidents involving teens, and over 250,000 teenage drivers were injured.
The study surveyed more than 5,500 teens in grades nine though 11.
Another article of interest: Strict rules from parents lead to safer-driving teens.
Source: 10 News San Diego
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