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The Number One Caused of Teenage Deaths is Traffic Accidents


March 21, 2019

Data Analyzing One Million Teens Demonstrates How they Learn to Drive; Number One Caused of Teenage Deaths is Traffic Accidents

United States – according to an online report at uab.edu, University of Alabama at Birmingham researched have found that the typical learning curve process may not be a helpful way to depict how newly licensed teens minimize their risk of getting into an accident.

According to a recent publication analyzing the learning curve of teenage driving, researchers found that a teen’s accident risk can be reduced more quickly than expected.  In using computational cognitive modeling methods and data from over one million teen drivers spanning three countries, the research team took an alternative examination at the leading belief that teens reduce their risk of accidents incrementally.

According to a professor at UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, “[c]ommon thinking is that, as teenagers’ experience library incrementally grows, their crash risk will gradually decrease.  We found out that a ‘phase transition model’ where crash risk changes abruptly provides a much stronger account of existing data from behavioral interventions and population-level crash data than a conventional ‘learning curve model.’”

Per the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicular accidents are the main cause of teenager deaths in the U.S.  In fact, according to the CDC, teenagers aged sixteen to nineteen are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash than those aged twenty and older.

In 2017 alone, a person sustained injuries in an automobile accident every eleven minutes in Alabama, according to Drive Safe Alabama.  Teenagers represent a large proportion of those injured and killed in traffic accidents each year in the United States.

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Source:https://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/10277-analyzing-data-from-more-than-1-million-teenagers-sheds-new-light-on-how-teens-learn-to-drive

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