Deaths among new drivers in the beginning of 2012 increased 19 percent, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240. The report is based on preliminary data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the first six months of 2012.
This report follows a 2012 report that found the first increase in teen-driver deaths in more than eight years.
Specifically, deaths of 16-year-old drivers increased from 86 to 107, a 24 percent change, and 17-year-old drivers went from 116 to 133, a 15 percent change. A full state-by-state breakdown is included in the report, showing 25 states that reported increases. Indiana saw the biggest increase, up 13 deaths, and Tennessee was second with an increase of 10 deaths.
The report says use of mobile devices—that’s texting and talking on the phone—appear to have contributed to the rise. And with the improving economy, more teens are getting access to cars.
Driving while texting (DWT) is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated (DWI). If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a car accident involving a cell phone or text messaging, contact the Morgantown Car Accident Lawyers of Colombo Law at 800-860-1414.