Study finds teen and older drivers less likely to own safe cars

Sep 11, 2020 | Firm News

New cars and trucks have advanced safety technologies that protect drivers in Alabama and across the U.S. better than ever before. However, according to a new study, teen drivers and older drivers are less likely to own vehicles that have these safety features, placing them at higher risk of injury in accidents.

The study

For the study, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia obtained the vehicle identification numbers of all cars involved in crashes in New Jersey between 2010 and 2017. They then looked up the numbers in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database to find out which safety features each car had.

The study found that teens and drivers over the age of 65 were more likely to drive older vehicles that lacked key safety features, including side airbags, curtain airbags and electronic stability control. They also found that lower-income drivers of all ages were more likely to drive older cars that did not have advanced safety features. Statistics show that young drivers, older drivers and drivers from lower-income areas face unique traffic safety hazards. Specifically, young drivers are more likely to crash, older drivers are more likely to suffer fatal injuries, and lower-income drivers suffer a disproportionate number of deadly accidents. In order to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, the authors of the study urge all drivers to purchase the safest vehicle they can afford.

Legal help for crash victims

Victims of car accidents may wish to contact an attorney for help pursuing compensation for their losses. After reviewing the details of the case, the attorney may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit. This type of claim might help the victim obtain a settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.