Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are known to be some of the most dangerous drivers due to higher distraction rates and inexperience. Filing a lawsuit against a young driver, particularly an underage driver, can be a very hard decision to make. However, if you have been involved in a car accident with a young driver and you are in need of compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, etc. you probably do not have a choice. The most important thing to remember is not to feel guilty for filing a lawsuit for compensation. Any driver, whether they are young or old, should be treated the same when it comes to car accidents.
Car accidents remain one of the top causes of death for teen’s ages 15 to 20 years old, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drivers between the ages of 16 years old and 19 years old are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident than older drivers. In 2010, car crashes killed more than seven young people per day and resulted in approximately 282,000 people injured.
What Can Parents Do?
Parents are so concerned with the risks of their young drivers on the road they have started taking matters into their own hands. Some parents are installing tracking technology or cameras in their vehicles in order to monitor their teenager’s driving behavior. The company, American Family Insurance offers parents the option to install a camera in the rearview mirror. The camera records and saves only when it senses a sudden movement. The video is uploaded to a secure website where the parent and child can review what happened, in order to correct bad driving habits.
Why are Young Drivers at a Greater Risk of an Accident?
There are many reasons attributed to young drivers being involved in more accidents than older drivers. Perhaps the most common reason is inexperience. Drivers learn good driving habits over time. For example, experienced drivers are more likely to spot hazardous road conditions early enough to avoid them. Inexperienced drivers are less familiar with hazardous road conditions such as snow, ice, rain, wind and areas where there are likely to be pedestrians. Driver’s license tests and driver education courses barely skim the surface of the necessary driving and motor vehicle knowledge.
Another reason attributed to high crash rates with younger drivers is distraction. Due to social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in teenagers, they are more likely to act impulsively while driving. Teenagers are more likely to participate in distracted driving than older drivers. They are also more likely to be distracted by passengers in the vehicle. Teenagers are likely to be distracted with mobile devices while driving. Not only are teenagers more likely to drive while distracted, they are also less likely to be capable of effectively dealing with distraction while driving.
Young drivers are also more prone to car accidents due to exposure. Young drivers are more likely to be driving under hazardous conditions such as after midnight. They are also more likely to be driving with several passengers in their vehicle. Approximately 80 percent of car accidents involving young drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight. As a result, some states have laws prohibiting young drivers from driving at night.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident with a young driver, it’s important to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer to help you file a lawsuit. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.