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Are injury-related deaths among teens on the rise?

There are a number of different hazards that young people face on a daily basis, from violence and health problems to suicide. However, traffic accidents are especially concerning and have claimed the lives of many young people across the country. Moreover, there is evidence which shows that the number of young people who pass away due to traffic crashes has been increasing after years of declining.

A report that was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the number of injury-related fatalities among people between the ages of 10 and 19 years old has increased in recent years. A number of causes were identified by the CDC, such as suicide and homicide, but motor vehicle accidents were one of the leading causes of death for people in this age group. Moreover, the total death rate for those between 10 and 19 years old went up 12 percent between 2013 through 2016.

Sadly, more young lives will be lost to motor vehicle collisions in the years ahead. There are a number of ways that parents might be able to help their teen avoid passing away in a collision, from warning about the dangers of intoxicated driving to seat belt use. However, even the most responsible young driver may find themselves in a crash because of someone else’s behavior. Sadly, many parents have already lost their child and it can be very upsetting to know that the carelessness of someone else caused the tragedy. For parents in this position, all legal options should be examined.

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