The Dangers of Teen Drivers

Sep 27, 2016 @ 06:47 AM — by Kerry Steigerwalt

Car damaged in an auto accidentDriving takes a great deal of skill and concentration. Experienced drivers tend to be more aware of their surroundings and prepared to make sudden decisions to avoid auto accidents. Unfortunately, this is not always true for all drivers on the road, which is why car accidents are a daily occurrence. Car accidents can cause property damage and personal injury, both of which are likely to result in significant financial losses.

Sadly, many car accidents are caused by recklessness or negligence. This reckless and negligent behavior is especially common among teen drivers. In fact, auto accidents among teens are common in San Diego, CA and across the country. Those who have been injured in an auto accident involving a teen driver can work with our experienced auto accident attorneys to seek compensation for damages.

Auto Accidents and Teens

The statistics regarding teens and auto accidents are quite startling. Teens are consistently shown to be at a greater risk of being injured or killed in an auto accident. Specifically, teen drivers aged 16 to 19 have a higher rate of motor vehicle crashes than any other demographic. And while young people make up just 14 percent of the population, they account for roughly 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries. Perhaps the scariest fact of all is that, on average, six teens aged, 16 to 19, die each day as a result of motor accident injuries.

Unfortunately, the danger of auto accidents involving teens also extends to other drivers and passengers on the road. These accidents often involve other drivers, and frequently result in costly emotional, physical, and financial damages for those individuals.

Why Are Teen Drivers Such a Risk?

There are several factors that contribute to the increased risk of auto accidents among teen drivers. The first is simple inexperience. Despite the practicing and testing that goes into obtaining a driver’s license, driving on a day-to-day basis requires a development of skills that only comes through experience.

Second, teen drivers are less mature than older drivers on the road. Studies show that teens are less likely to recognize dangerous situations, and, when they do, are unable to react as quickly as older drivers.

Finally, teens tend to underestimate dangers and seem to hold onto a feeling of invincibility. As a result, teens are more likely to text while driving, speed, drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and avoid wearing a seatbelt.

Auto Accident Damages

Although many teen drivers may feel invincible, the high number of auto accidents involving teens shows us they are not.  Auto accidents involving teens result in damages that impact teen drivers, their passengers, and other drivers and passengers on the road.

Those who are injured in an auto accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of a teen driver should work with our personal injury attorneys to ensure they are justly compensated for damages. We will negotiate on clients’ behalf to ensure they are compensated for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Schedule a Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, our personal injury attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case.

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