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Why teens are more prone to speeding 

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Obtaining your driving license as a young person feels like a step toward freedom. Many young drivers also understand that it is a big responsibility, with potential dangers as well as benefits.

However, the data shows that teens are more prone to speeding and causing fatal accidents this way. Why might this be the case? 

Experience matters 

It may be a cliche, but experience really can make a person a better driver. Throughout driving lessons, teens will always have the safety net of an experienced instructor. The instructor will warn them about potential hazards and is even able to regain control of the car if a learner becomes overwhelmed. This is not possible when newly-licensed teens are out on the roads on their own.  

Peer pressure 

Of course, teens won’t drive around on their own all the time. Part of gaining some freedom means that you can bring your friends along for the ride too. Young passengers may not yet have any driving experience and are eager to see what their friend’s car can do. This can encourage bad driving habits, such as speeding, cutting in and out of lanes and performing other unsafe maneuvers. 

Cognitive development

There is also a more biological reason behind the likelihood of teens driving too fast. Research suggests that the brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25-30. Teens simply may not yet possess the tools required to make critical judgments on the road.

If you have been injured because of a negligent driver, then you could be entitled to compensation. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will let you know whether or not this is the case.