A person can cause a car accident through a negligent mistake at any age. It could be a 35-year-old parent who is distracted by their kids, a 16-year-old who just got their license or a 70-year-old who has decades of experience but still makes an error.
However, as you drive, you may wonder what age group poses the greatest risk to you. If you’re hit by someone else, what group are they most likely to be in?
New drivers pose the greatest risk
Statistically speaking, new drivers are the greatest risk, with the highest crash rate belonging to those from 16 to 19 years old. Many of these drivers have just gotten their licenses, and the lack of experience is often why they crash. It just takes time and practice to get better at driving and to avoid errors, and they haven’t yet put in enough miles. It’s difficult to address for the authorities, as every driver has to start with little experience and there’s not really a good way to help them get more without putting others in danger.
The good news is that experience adds up quickly. By the time someone is just 20 years old, for instance, they have a vastly lower fatal crash rate — it’s three times higher for teens. This shows that the real solution is simply to get people to log more time behind the wheel and refine their skills.
What if you get injured?
The downside is that every inexperienced driver is a risk to those around them. If you get injured, you must know all of the legal options you have.