Posted On: September 16, 2007 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

How to Decrease Fatal Car Accidents in Maryland

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (those are still four funny words to write) signed into law this week a rule that mandates that teenage drivers cannot use cell phones while driving a car.

This is a good idea. But the real solution to this problem is far more radical. Car crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds in Maryland. Anna Quindlen wrote an editorial in Newsweek last month attacking the logic of allowing 16 year-olds to drive. Her logic is unassailable.

It is an article of faith in Maryland that sixteen is the driving age. When I was a kid, it was an article of faith that putting your kids in the back of a station wagon with a seat belt was not child abuse. I cannot tell you how many fatal car accident our lawyers have handled involving young kids who are either die or have killed someone else. I suspect in the next 10 years, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and a lot of other states will raise the driving age to 18. As a result, my office is going to have fewer wrongful death cases. We won't miss these lost clients.