Obtaining a driver’s license is an exciting event. It often signifies when a teenager has transitioned towards adulthood, as they are given much more privileges. But that is exactly what driving a motor vehicle is, a privilege. And this privilege comes with many responsibilities. New and teen drivers tend to create more dangers on the road, as they are not as experienced as other drivers. Even more so, these drivers have less experience trying to prevent distractions. Thus, they are more likely to text while driving and partake in risky behaviors behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Are teen drivers more likely to be involved in car accidents? Data from 2015 indicates that 2,333 U.S. teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in automobile accidents. Another 235,845 were treated in the emergency department for injuries suffered from an automobile collision. Based on this data, this means roughly 6 teens die every day in motor vehicle crashes.
Why are teens at a higher risk of being involved in a car crash? Unlike older drivers, teen drivers are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations and can fail to recognize hazardous situations. This means that they are more likely to speed, allow for shorter distance between vehicles and even behave in risky behaviors. Finally, teen drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use and also partake in drunk driving.
The aftermath of a car accident can be gruesome. Therefore, it is important to understand what caused the crash. Whether a driver is young or old, inexperienced or not, when a driver is negligent, he or she could be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by the crash. Victims could file a personal injury action, helping them to collect compensation for his or her losses.