The high car crash rate amongst young drivers
Most motorists experience the shock of being involved in a car crash at least once in their driving life. The constantly improving array of safety equipment that comes with cars means that we are less likely to suffer serious personal injuries when we do have a road accident, but the fact remains that it is almost inevitable that we will be involved in a crunch at one point or other.
However, research has shown that there are certain times in our lives that we are more likely to be in a car crash. The most notable of these times is in our teenage years, when we are a staggering 10 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than those aged between 40 and 50. According to Norwich Union, teenagers have a greater accident rate than all other age groups excepting, perhaps, the over 85s.
There are believed to be a number of reasons behind the high number of young drivers being involved in car crashes. The first is inexperience. Motorists who lack the experience of knowing how to handle their vehicle in adverse weather or road conditions are more likely to be unable to cope if a dangerous situation arises.
Another reason is that of overconfidence. Although probably linked with lack of experience, young drivers who have just passed their test have an unnerving tendency to drive with greater confidence than they should. This is often characterised by speeding, or at least driving too fast for the conditions. Sadly, this can lead to a serious car crash with the young driver suffering personal injuries.
However, in some of these road accidents it is not only the newly-qualified motorist that is injured. Young drivers tend to carry passengers in their car who may also be hurt in an accident, and car crashes often involve other road users as well.
Claiming compensation after a car crash
Each year thousands of people suffer serious personal injuries after being involved in car crashes, many of whom have to cope with the effects of being hurt for months or even years after the event.