CHOP study reveals common causes of teen driving crashes

    A study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies found the common causes of teen driving crashes based on “critical errors” leading up to accidents.

    More than 800 teen crashes were examined to reveal the three leading errors.

    21 percent of crashes were caused by going too fast for road conditions
    21 percent of crashes were caused by a lack of scanning of all areas surrounding the vehicle
    20 percent of crashes were caused by distractions inside and outside the vehicle

    The Pottstown Mercury, which reviewed the study, found reports that indicate environmental conditions like weather, drowsiness and vehicle malfunction weren’t primary factors in most of the accidents.

    The research is meant to help design programs for the prevention of crashes.

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