Young mums at fatal crash risk
YOUNG mothers driving with infants in the car are more at risk of a fatal accident, a new study has found.
Using data from the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System over a 10-year period, researchers analysed fatal crashes involving infants and examined the age of female drivers. The New Zealand University of Waikato study looked at crashes with young females (16-24 years) as well as older female drivers (25-39) with an infant passenger or with no passengers. Young female drivers with an infant passenger were more often at fault than older drivers.
The presence of an adult passenger in addition to an infant passenger lowered the young mothers’ odds.