Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for any teenager. It gives the teen a taste of adulthood and reminds the parents that their child is growing up. However, some teens abuse this privilege, resulting in serious car accidents that could change their lives forever.
If your teen is involved in a car accident, who can be held responsible for the injuries? And how does it affect the parents? What are your next steps?
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we understand what you and your teen are going through. As parents, we know the concern and anxiety that comes with a teen driver. Our dedicated team of Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton car accident lawyers will work non-stop to make sure those responsible are held accountable for the accident, and your teen will get the help he/she needs to continue with their lives.
Teen Driving Accidents: What You Should Know
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of teen deaths is car accidents. Each day, at least six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 die from injuries sustained after a motor vehicle accident. This age group is nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 20.
Why are teens more at risk than older drivers? The most common causes of teen driving accidents include:
- Inexperience: Teens are just starting behind the wheel, and many don’t understand the risks involved in driving a vehicle. Because of their immaturity and lack of both skills and experience, they can easily make a mistake that can cost them their lives.
- Distracted Driving: Teens can easily be distracted while driving and it’s not just because they are using their cell phones. Other passengers can be a significant distraction — they are much more likely to pay attention to what’s going on in the car rather than what’s on the road.
- Drunk Driving: In 2016, 15 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 involved in fatal car accidents had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. In fact, a recent survey found that 16.5 percent of high school students have ridden with a driver that had been drinking alcohol.
- Speeding: According to the CDC, teens are more likely to not only speed but allow for a shorter distance between two vehicles.
- Lack of Seat Belts: Teens have the lowest rates of seat belt use compared to other age groups. In 2017, only 59 percent of high school students said they always wear their seat belt when riding in a vehicle.