Teen Car Accidents
Statistically, teen drivers present one of the largest risks among drivers of all ages for causing and being involved in a car accident. Teens are less experienced behind the wheel and less knowledgeable than their older counterparts, making them less capable of making informed decisions when a hazard arises. Further, teens often self report a greater use of distracting techniques while behind the wheel including texting while driving, distraction by other occupants in the car, and distraction by in-car features like a radio.
Teens often look forward to a time when they can drive on their own and without adult supervision. The freedom that comes with driving is one that most teens crave but few teens respect. The possibility of a serious or even fatal collision is far from the minds of the average teenage driver who may be more focused on arriving at their designation as quickly as possible.
But the dangers of teenage drivers are on the minds of many others, specifically the parents of these teens. Even the best driver's education cannot compensate for a lack of experience behind the wheel meaning that even the most prepared teens are still a threat to others.
In 2010 alone, approximately 2,700 teenagers between ages 16 and 19 were killed in car accidents in the United States. Many of these teens were drivers of a car or were passengers in a car driven by another teenager. Over 280,000 others were injured in similar car accidents but survived. Some of them made a full recovery while others were left with permanent and severe damage as a result.
Car accidents continue to be the biggest cause of accidental death among teenagers in this nation. But in addition to the teens that lose their lives in accidents are others involved in these crashes. It may be passengers inside the teen's vehicle or a driver in another car that was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.Liability Following a Teen Car Accident
After any car accident, local authorities attempt to determine the factors that led to the crash and to identify whether anyone involved acted in a negligent or reckless manner. These officials also make the determination whether to issue traffic citations or criminal charges as a result of a collision and they make initial determinations as to whether the conduct of each driver was lawful.
This holds true in accidents involving teenage drivers as well but in many states, these investigations are slightly more complicated. Depending on the area where a collision occurred, newly licensed and teenage drivers may have greater restrictions on their conduct than drivers at large. This can include a prohibition on other minors in the car or even limited hours or locations when and where a teen may drive. For those under the age of 21, there is no legal blood alcohol content like there is for adults because persons under the legal drinking age are prohibited from having alcohol in their system. In many areas, teens with even a trace amount of liquor in their bodies may be guilty of violating the law.
When a teenage driver causes a collision, those injured in the crash may be entitled to seek relief for their damages. Common damages following a car accident can include medical and surgical bills, nursing expenses, and lost wages. Victims can also seek compensation for other damages including pain and suffering endured, scarring, and the permanency of any injuries. The right of a victim to seek a recovery is not dependent on whether an at-fault teen receives a ticket in the crash but rather is guaranteed by the local laws in Phoenix as well as the state laws of Arizona.
Teen drivers can also be victims of the negligence of others on the road, and when this happens, a teenage victims may likewise be entitled to relief for any damages sustained. The teen and/or the teen's family may be able to bring a claim against an at-fault driver for injuries and other damages sustained. In the event that an at-fault driver cannot be located due to a hit-and-run accident or for other reasons, the teen may still be able to recover through the use of an uninsured motorist claim.Phoenix Area Lawyers for Victims of Teen Car Accidents
If you have become a victim of a teen car accident, you may be entitled to a recovery for your damages and the expenses you have incurred. Call the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let one of our skilled attorneys provide you with a case consultation discussing your accident and your legal rights as a result. We are standing by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to take your call and give you the answers you need, whenever you need them. Call us today at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and let us help you get a recovery you deserve.
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