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Graduated Drivers’ Licensing Programs Save Lives

By Lipton Law on December 14, 2011 - No comments

Graduated driver licensing programs, which introduce young drivers to the road in stages, have saved many young driver’s lives, and gains could be as high as 2,000 lives per year, according to a recent article in USA Today.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more teens between ages 16 and 19 die in car accidents each year than from any other injuries. Thousands more teenagers are injured in car accidents.

Currently, every U.S. state has some kind of graduated driver licensing laws. However, proponents of these laws say that if seven key components were enacted in all fifty U.S. states, the number of teen lives saved would increase. Currently, only two states, New York and Delaware, have all seven components in their programs.

The key components of these laws include delaying driver education to age 16 and delaying a full license until at least age 17. In the meantime, drivers would receive multiple driving education classes and be required to fulfill at least 30 practice hours before receiving greater licensing privileges. Young drivers would also be expected to get an intermediate license and would be restricted from carrying passengers, apart from adults helping them learn to drive, until they are 17.

Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws deal with all but the most serious car accidents. When you or someone you love is struggling to recover from injuries, however, these laws and rules can seem overwhelming. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping you through every part of the process, from filing a claim to seeking compensation in court. For more information, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.