Having a teen driver in the household if you’re a parent can be quite unnerving, especially if you’re aware car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S teens. The good news is, they’re preventable with the right strategy.
Young drivers need to exercise reasonable car to prevent accidents.
Teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in a car accident. If your teen was involved in an accident and it wasn’t their fault, they will need a lawyer.
In the year 2011, 2,650 teens in the U.S ages 16-19 were killed and about 292,000 were for injuries due to vehicle crashes. Another way to look at this is, seven teens ages 16-19 died every day from car or vehicle related injuries. Young drivers aged 15-24 are less than 15% of the population in the United States, but they account for about 30% of the total costs of vehicle injuries.
Legal Rights of Victims of Teen Driver Accidents
There is a certain type of liability and insurance when it comes to accidents caused by teenagers and the parents are usually the policy holders. The victims should consult with a lawyer to discuss their legal options and make sure they will be fairly compensated for injuries and losses. The following list describe scenarios when consulting with a lawyer in northeast Philadelphia would be a good idea.
- An adult is injured in a car accident caused by a teenager.
- Family member is killed in a fatal accident caused by a teen
- Teens injured as a passenger in a car that was driven by another teen
- Pedestrians struck and injured by a teen driver
- Motorcyclists injured in a collision involving a teen.
What if the teen isn’t at fault?
Unfortunately, insurance companies will almost always place some sort of blame on the teen, even if they were not at fault. This is because they are so often at fault. Teens injured in car accidents, or other vehicular crashes should contact a lawyer to protect their legal rights and secure their financial compensation.
Parent’s and their insurance can be held accountable for compensation when their child injuries someone in a car crash. The specific circumstances of the child’s acts will determine the degree and existence of parental liability. Each case a lawyer handles will be unique and will involve certain types of negligent acts. In terms of civil cases, the most common negligent acts of minors are car accident related.
Some may be reluctant to file an insurance claim, hire a lawyer, or engage in any sort of legal action because they’re concerned for the parents of the teen driver, however, car insurance compensation options are available that wont necessarily financially damage the parent.
Why do teen driver car accidents happen?
Some causes of teen driver automobile crashes include the following
Inexperience. Being new drivers, they’re more likely to underestimate the amount of time required to safely stop or make a turn. They also may not recognize dangerous driving conditions. An interesting statistic we’ve found is that the first 500 miles of a teens driving are the most important. During this time they are ten times more likely to be involved in a car accident than adult drivers.
Lack of maturity. Many teens are very impatient and are not careful. Typical teen behavior includes speeding, running red lights, and dangerously switching lanes.
Distraction. Teens are more likely than adults to text while driving. Talking on the phone can double the chance of a car accident and is said to bring reaction time down to that of a 70-year old.
Speeding. This coincides with immaturity and nearly a third of all fatal car accidents are because of speeding.
Friend in car. It’s easy to be distracted when joking around with friends while driving.
Impairment. About a quarter of fatal car crashes are because of drinking and driving. Teens are more likely to show this behavior.
You may need to consult with a lawyer in Northeast Philadelphia
If you are a resident of Philadelphia living in the Northeast area and your teen has been involved in a car accident, you may need a lawyer. The Heslin Law Firm has been helping victims of car crashes for over thirty years. Call our office for a free consultation at 215-332-0300.
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