It’s commonly accepted belief that teen drivers often are not as careful on the road as adult drivers. That lack of caution can be lead to tragic consequences. Teenagers think they’re immortal and invincible. Someone just on the cusp of adulthood, who is tasting new freedoms for the first time such as driving a car, often doesn’t comprehend the reality that life is fragile and can be changed in an instant.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, and teens are more likely than adults to get into car crashes. Thousands of teens die in car accidents every year, and nearly 300,000 nationwide are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teenagers and young adults make up 14 percent of the national population, but account for 28 to 30 percent of the costs of car crash injuries.
AAA data shows that teens who drive with their friends in the car take more risks than when driving alone or driving with an adult. In fact, a 16 or 17 year old driver who has at least one passenger under the age of 21 in the car has a 44 percent increased risk of being involved in a fatal Texas car accident.
What’s worse, the teen’s risk of dying in a Texas car accident doubles when carrying two passengers under the age of 21. When three or more passengers under 21 are in the car, the risk of a fatal Texas car accident nearly quadruples.
But when a teen is driving with an adult at least 35 or older, the risk of being in a fatal Texas car accident decreases by 62 percent. That’s because teen drivers are more of a distraction than adult drivers, who are encouraged to set an example of good driving behavior for teens.
But it isn’t only the teen at risk when a teen driver gets behind the wheel and causes a collision. A car accident may injure other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, or pedestrians — and since alcohol and/or speed often are factors in auto collisions caused by teen drivers, injuries can be very serious for other people involved.
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If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver, you may have a personal injury claim that may allow you to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages stemming from the accident. You may be able to recover your medical costs, lost wages, and payment for your pain and suffering, any disability or disfigurement you experienced, and your loss of normal life. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you figure out your options for proceeding with a claim, and represent you in negotiations or a lawsuit to get you a fair settlement or jury verdict.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injury as the result of an accident caused by a defective auto part, consult Roxell Richards and Associates immediately. Call and speak to one of our attorneys now directly at 1-844-7-RIGHTS or contact us via e-mail for a free Case Evaluation. Roxell Richards is a highly successful law firm with a proven track record of successfully taking on insurance companies.