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In challenging situations, driver inexperience can easily become negligence, or worse, recklessness. Even in straightforward situations, driver inexperience is the primary cause for car accidents involving teen drivers.

Teenagers, for the most part, have shorter attention spans and are easily distracted. Whether it’s a text message, a negative reaction to a social media post, or a brand new posting by their favorite blogger, teens’ eyes are more focused on their phones than on what’s going on around them.

Teens are essentially learning everything there is to know about driving for the first time. Reaction times are slower, dangers may not be as apparent, and a false sense of confidence may create an inaccurate perception of road conditions.

ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES CAUSED BY INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS


Consider the fact that people in the 15-19 age group account for only 7% of the U.S. population, yet they also account for 11% of all motor vehicle injuries in the country. And to put things into quantifiable terms which absolutely anyone can understand, teen related car crashes account for $13.6 billion (8.4%) of the accumulated costs of all motor vehicle injuries in the United States.

The following groups of inexperienced drivers are at an especially high risk for serious or deadly car crashes:
  • Males: the death rate for male drivers is twice as high than for female drivers.
  • Teens Driving With Other Teens: Teens driving in the same car with other teens greatly increases the risk of a collision. The greater the number of teens in the car, the greater the overall risk for a crash.
  • Newly licensed teens: This should be obvious. The risk of being involved in a car crash is especially high for newly minted drivers, especially in the first eight to ten weeks.

WHY ARE INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS AT RISK?


Below are three behaviors that put teens at an even greater danger behind the wheel:

Driving Under the InfluenceDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always a poor decision. A quarter of all traffic related deaths involving a teen driver were caused by drinking and driving. Due to peer pressure or other factors, teens are more likely to remain in a vehicle with an intoxicated friend.

Reckless Driving: Reckless driving for fun is common, and many teens must endure the costs and consequences of a traffic ticket or two before they learn to calm down behind the wheel. Almost a quarter of all car accidents involving a teen driver are directly caused by speeding. The vast majority of inexperienced drivers who engage in reckless driving are males. Teenage boys are especially prone to more dangerous driving behaviors, such as street racing or stunt driving.

Foregoing Seat Belts: Seat belts significantly reduce the potential for serious injuries and fatal car accidents. But many inexperienced drivers often willingly ignore the law and common sense behind seat belts. According to the CDC, barely half of all surveyed high school students said they wear their seat belts at all times.

CONTACT US TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP
If you have sustained injuries as a result of another driver’s inexperience, you have the right to hold that driver responsible. An attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us today at (888) 888-9285 or email info@westcoasttriallawyers.com to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team

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