Teenager Car Accident Attorneys
INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AS A TEENAGER, OR WAS ANOTHER TEENAGER AT FAULT? CALL OUR ATTORNEYS NOW.
Sooner or later, that teenager in the family is going to get behind the wheel of the family car or their own car and go for a drive. Parent’s often cringe at the thought of their teen behind the wheel of a car. Why? Well, parents are well aware that teens and automobiles are a dangerous combination. In fact, the leading cause of death among teens in the United States is automobile accidents.
Teens are still at that growing stage. Teens sometimes lack good judgment when it comes to driving. Statistics show they often exhibit a blatant disregard for traffic laws clearly outlined by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration of NHSTA. More driver education is clearly required to make sure that teens understand the laws and safe driving.
If a teen in a family is involved in a car accident, they can contact Zimmerman & Frachtman Law firm immediately. Zimmerman & Frachtman are experienced, professional auto accident lawyers that are well aware of all phases of personal injury law and vehicle accidents. Their firm has helped thousands of accident victims receive full compensation for their injuries. Contact them today for more information.
Teen Driving Accident Causes
Teens and cars are a dangerous combination. According to statistics, these are the leading causes behind most teen driver accidents.
- Lack driving experience.
- Failing to follow driving laws.
- Driving too close to other cars.
- Male teens more likely to speed and drive recklessly.
- Distracted driving (i.e.- cell phones)
- Not adjusting to weather conditions
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Drinking and driving
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Not allowing enough space between vehicles
- Sharp braking and turning
Distracted Driving is one of the main causes of automobile accidents on the roadways today. As the proliferance of cell phone use in society has grown, so has an increase in the amount of accidents caused by distracted drivers using their cellphones. In a recent 2012 study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 3,328 people were killed in a car accident involving a distracted driver. While 421,000 were injured in an auto accident caused by distracted driving. These statistics are even higher when they involve teen drivers. Teen drivers are especially at risk when driving and talking on their cellphones as they have less experience behind the wheel and are generally more likely to take risky driving maneuvers. Add a cell phone distraction to this scenario, and it’s no doubt that an auto accident is waiting to happen.
Cell phones cause impaired driving in teenagers in three main ways:
- Visual distraction – teens taking their eyes off the road
- Manual distraction – teens taking their hands off the wheel
- Cognitive distraction – teens taking their minds off the task at hand: driving
Teen Driving Statistics:
- Auto accidents is the leading cause of death for U.S. teens
- Teen drivers are four times more likely to lose their life in a car accident than an adult driver
- 20 percent of all crashes are caused by teenage drivers nationwide
- Due to their inexperience, a teenagers first 1,000 hours behind the wheel are the most dangerous
- Approximately 4,000 teenagers lose their lives every year in car crashes caused by distracted and reckless driving, according to IMPACT Teen Drivers organization.
Check out more statistics on our Teen Driving Statistics page.
How Does Speeding Effect the Teenage Driver?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.” Speeding for a teenage driver carries additional consequences. Especially since teenage drivers carry the highest statistics regarding accident risk. For example, in 2011, nearly 2,700 U.S. teenagers were killed and almost 292,000 were injured in car accidents. That equates to 7 U.S. teenagers die every day from car accident injuries. Additionally, in term of economic cost, teenage drivers cost $26 billion in car accident injuries across the U.S.
New Teenage Licensing Laws
Crash studies from a 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed clear evidence that teenagers also tend to speed at night and when friends are passengers in their vehicles. This has lead to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) state laws that put restrictions on teenagers driving at night and limiting passengers. While law enforcement in some states can monitor teenagers speeding and passengers, parents hold the key to safe teenage driving.
New laws are in place to make sure that teens behind the wheel have driving education and understand the rules of the road. In Florida, a 15-year-old must obtain a learner’s permit and attend educational classes and testing. This is to make sure that there are less teen accidents on the road.
Graduated License Programs
While gradually allowing more and more responsibilities, the graduated license program’s goal is to save lives and reduce injuries related to car accidents when teenagers first begin to learn how to drive. Graduated license programs start with the learner’s permit, allows for supervised practice and then increases where and when the teenager can drive. Ultimately leading to a full driver’s license. Below is an overview about the State of Florida’s Graduated License Program:
At 15 years old:
- Can apply for a learner’s permit.
- Once a learner’s permit is obtained, drivers must always drive with a licensed driver 21 years or older in the seat closest to the right of the driver.
- Driving is limited to the daytime during the first 3 months
- After the 3 month period, drivers can start driving at night, with driving hours extended to 10:00 pm
- During the 12 months, teens must complete 50 hours of driving practice. 10 hours of the total should be at night.
- A Learner’s permit must be held with no convictions for 12 months before going forward to obtain a operator’s license
At 16 & 17 years old:
- Teens can receive an operator’s license, but driving hours are limited based on age.
- 16 year olds are not permitted to drive between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am unless they are going to work
- 17 year olds are not permitted to drive between 1:00 am and 5:00 am without a licensed driver at least 21 years old unless they are going to work
At 18 years old there are no longer any driving restrictions.
Learning how to drive and the dangers associated with inexperience teenager drivers can be lethal. Graduated License Programs and just one way the state of Florida is trying to provide teens the tools to drive and navigate roadways safely.
CONSULT AN AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER
Our attorneys will also help you understand and navigate the details of insurance policy, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Property Damage (PD), and the issues that occur with uninsured or under-insured motorists who do not have sufficient coverage. Don’t work with just any auto accident attorney; your injuries and the damage to your property deserve fair compensation, and you should only work with a car accident lawyer who you feel comfortable with, and who can give you the full scope of possibilities for your case, so that you know what to expect.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact our firm online or call (954) 509-1900. Our experienced auto accident attorneys in South Florida provide free consultations and charge you only if we win your case.