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Rural roads see more fatal teen accidents

Monday, May 12, 2008

A recent study found that teens driving on rural roads are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than teens driving in metropolitan areas.

Allstate Insurance Company's study analyzed federal crash statistics and their company's claims data to identify hotspots where fatal teen crashes are higher than others.

According to the study, released this month, Iowa teens are nearly 84 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash driving in rural area than in a metro area. The fatal crash rate per capita in rural areas is 40.1 in 100,000 while in metro areas it is 21.9 per 100,000.

The study also found that older teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than younger teens. Only about five percent of Iowa teens involved in fatal crashes are 15 years old, while that percentage jumps to more than 20 percent for teens that are 16, 17, 18 or 19.

Males are more than two times more likely than females to be involved in fatal crashes in Iowa.

While 68.8 percent of fatal teen accidents on Iowa's roads involve male drivers, only 31.2 percent of the drivers are females.

In the nation-wide study, Iowa was ranked as having the 29th highest fatal crash rate of the 50 states.

Allstate completed the study as part of a campaign to promote safe driving for teenagers.

"Car crashes claim the lives of more American teens than anything else coast to coast," stated Christopher Lovest of Allstate's West Central Region, which includes Iowa.

Nearly 6,000 teens die in car crashes every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The primary cause, research shows, is driver error.

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