Young Drivers at higher risk of Road Traffic Accidents

February 6, 2014

Research collated and analysed by leading charity Brake, backs up other statistics which show that young drivers are much more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than older drivers. Young male drivers are also more likely to be involved in an accident than female and in fact road traffic accidents are the biggest single killer of young people across the UK and also worldwide.

Brake’s statistics show that although young drivers only make up 12.5% of all drivers on the road they are involved in 25% of fatal and serious crashes. Lamb and Co. works with drivers of all ages involved in road traffic accidents as although young people are often at fault it isn’t always the case.

Young Drivers and Road Traffic Accidents: The Facts

Data collected from drivers across the UK showed that an eighteen year old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a forty-eight year old and that one in five new drivers are involved in a road traffic accident within six months of passing their test. As mentioned young male drivers are at higher risk than female and in fact males aged 17-20 are seven times more at risk than all other male drivers. These statistics may be shocking but there are many factors which add up to deliver these results. Below are some of the key reasons young drivers find themselves more at risk.


Over-confidence is a huge problem with younger drivers. The euphoria of passing the test and getting behind the wheel seems to last a little longer when young. The speed many people are able to pick up the physical skills involved in driving makes them feel safer than they actually are.

Poor Risk Assessment

The speed at which many young people learn to drive means they don’t have extensive real-life driving experience. They aren’t adept at recognising all the hazards on the road. Experience comes with time and this added with the initial over confidence, where new, older drivers may be cautious, results in missing hazards and in some cases dangerous road traffic accidents.

Taking Risks

Research suggests that although young people understand the consequences of taking risks on the road they do not always comprehend which risks result in the worst outcomes. Research has shown that young drivers are less likely than older drivers to consider speeding as a major cause of road traffic accidents when given a sliding scale on which to rate risky situations.

Road Safety for your Benefit

The risks of road traffic accidents are many. Ensuring you drive safely and cautiously, within all the recommended guidelines as set out by the DVLA and Highway Code, should mean that if an RTA were to occur you could be sure it wasn’t your fault.

Lamb and Co. Solicitors fully understand how a road traffic accident can be traumatic mentally and physically as well as having an effect on your finances. This is true at any age and therefore we’re dedicated to treating all out clients equally and will fight for compensation on your behalf, whether you’re 17 or 70.