Iowa teen driving safety close to lowest in nation

Iowa has been ranked 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia by a U.S. News & World Report article on national teen driving safety.

The article used eleven variables to create its ranking. These included car accident fatality, driver’s license, and road-quality statistics collected by the federal government as well as ratings of road safety laws and driving from two independent organizations.

“A lot of the criteria has to do with graduated driving licensing,” said a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation, Dena M. Gray-Fisher.

A graduated driver’s license law was passed in 1999 in Iowa, which was one of the first states to institute a GDL law. It requires supervision and training of young drivers, with restrictions on when and with whom young drivers may drive lifted as they become more skilled.

Teens and young drivers in Iowa are involved in over 40 percent of accidents while only comprising 17 percent of the population.

Gov. Chet Culver signed into law a bill on April 28 that makes it required for those under the age of 17 in the back seat to wear a seat belt, and on July 1, a ban on teenage cell phone use while driving will go into effect.

Some teen drivers are responsible and mature. Many others are not, either due to technological distractions (phones), bad decisions (drinking and driving), or a physiological inclination to incorrectly assess threats. If you or someone you know has been injured by a reckless teen driver, contact the Iowa reckless driving accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (515) 705-0233.

Categories
    Elite & Respected Heroes

    “I've never dealt with such caring wonderful professional lawyers before. They were very prompt, informative, professional, truly caring about my situation and the troubles I was dealing with.”

    - J.J.
    I Have the Utmost Confidence in Them

    “They handled everything. I can't tell you how wonderful a feeling that is after such a stressful event. We kept in regular contact, and I never had to wonder what the status of my claim was. At every fork in the road, we discussed options.”

    - Dan G.
    Recommended Without Reservation

    “I can’t thank you and your staff enough for all the hard work you put into my case. I don’t know what my family and I would have done without you during this.”

    - Randy R.
    Professional & Courteous

    “I felt like I was being taken care of by people who cared about my well-being, and at the same time did not feel like they were trying to rob the other party. No pressure or double-speak, just straightforward professionalism.”

    - J. Mc
    Highly Impressed

    “Although I have not seen many trials, I must say that I was quite impressed with your knowledge, demeanor, and professional skill. I sincerely hope that I would never have to come up against you in a trial.”

    - Daniel R., M.D.
/

Free & Confidential Consultations

Put Your Iowa Lawyers on Your Team Today
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.