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Missouri teens face high risks when driving

Residents in Missouri who have teenage children preparing to get their drivers' permits and eventually licenses are quite often nervous about their kids taking on this responsibility. Their concerns are not without cause as motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality of life on the road. Now, a new study released by WalletHub gives Missouri parents potentially even more reason to worry as it seems the state may not be doing enough to keep young drivers safe.

KCTV reported that the study evaluated data from every state and ranked each state across 26 different categories that align to overall safety for teen drivers. The rankings in each metric category rolled up to a state's overall ranking. Only three states had a worse overall ranking than did Missouri. Those states were New York, Kansas and Wyoming.

Missouri's position as the fourth most dangerous state for drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 identifies several gaps that parents and all drivers in the state should be aware of. When it came to driving laws, the state was actually the second worst nationally and one factor that likely contributed to this was the state's lack of a strong graduated driver's license program. There are six different types of laws and Missouri only implements two of those.

People who are interested in learning more about helping their teen drivers be safe or who might want to know about their options after being involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a teenage driver might want to consult with an attorney.

 

 

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