Young drivers are a far greater risk to themselves and others on the highway than are adults. Until they have jobs, and cars of their own, their contribution to the accident picture is moderated somewhat by the relatively low mileage they compile. Yet, on a per-mile basis, the accident rate is at its peak the moment the youthful driver takes to the road, with 16-year olds in the U.S. having ten times the accident rate of mature adults (NHTSA, 1996). Young males greatly outnumber their female counterparts in fatal and injury accidents, particularly night time fatals (Massie, Campbell, and Williams, 1995).


Sensation Seek Adolescent Problem Behavior Accident Rate Accident Risk Accident Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. James McKnight
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  1. 1.National Public Services Research InstituteUSA

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