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April 11, 2011

New Study Pinpoints What Happens Right Before Teens Crash

A recent study by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company hones in on the most common errors teen drivers make that lead to a serious crash. Teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adults. The findings were published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. Researchers analyzed a nationally-representative federal database of more than 800 crashes involving teen drivers and identified a few common “critical errors” that are often one of the last in a chain of events leading up to a crash. Seventy-five percent of these crashes were due a critical teen driver error, with three common errors accounting for nearly half of all serious crashes.

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