According to the World Health Organisation, car accident injuries are the leading cause of death in people aged between 10 and 24 years old.
A staggering 400,000 people under the age of 25 are killed on our roads each year – that amounts to 1,049 per day.
Why is a young person more likely to suffer a car accident injury?
There are a number of reasons why 10 to 24 year olds are involved in crashes more often than mature drivers. The World Health Organisation states that risk-taking behaviour and peer pressure – especially among teenagers – is a huge problem, as well as speeding and drink-driving. In addition to this, many neglect to use seat belts or wear helmets, which can cause crashes to be fatal.
New South Wales’ Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast reveals that learner drivers are also only taught the “mechanics of driving” before they’re deemed qualified to hit the roads. As a result, they’re not as experienced when it comes to identifying and managing hazards or avoiding risky situations.
What can be done?
All over the world, organisations have been working hard to introduce programs that will keep young people safe on our roads. New South Wales, for example, launched a Safer Drivers Course in July 2013, to help learner drivers make good decisions when they get behind the wheel.
The course has been an enormous success, so Marg Prendergast has decided to expand it. As of February 13, the Safer Drivers Course is now available in nearly 250 locations around the state.
“I’m delighted that the Safer Drivers Course is now available in more of regional New South Wales,” said Ms Prendergast in a February 13 statement.
“Already, learner drivers from 137 local government areas have completed the course and this will expand that further.”
She explained that learner drivers’ chances of being injured or killed on our roads goes up by a whopping nine times as soon as they graduate to P-plates.
The Safe Drivers Course features a three-hour discussion about “risks and safe driving behaviours”, followed by a “two-hour, in-vehicle coaching session”, which gives participants an opportunity to practise “low-risk driving”.
No matter how careful you are, car accidents do happen. If you’ve received an injury and believe you could be eligible for car accident compensation, the compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf Partners are here to help.