Young teen drivers at higher risk of causing an accident

Warmer weather has hit New York, which means that many teens are out of school for the summer. These youngsters will likely be taking to the road more frequently, whether to get to and from work or to get to social gatherings. Unfortunately, despite public service initiatives, training, and parental supervision, these young motorist are at a significantly increased risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

In fact, AAA recently discovered that new teen drivers, specifically those between the ages of 16 and 17, are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. This finding, paired with the increased driving by this age group during this time of year, has led many to name the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the "100 Deadliest Days."

Even with regard to non-fatal accidents the statistics are staggering. According to the AAA report, these 16 and 17-year-old drivers are nine times more likely to be involved in any kind of accident compared to their 18-year-old counterparts.

So what is the reason for these worrisome statistics? Teen drivers are more likely to be distracted behind the wheel, speed, and fail to wear their seatbelt. While these actions can put these teens' lives at risk, they also pose a significant threat to other motorists, even when they are driving defensively.

These victims, in turn, can be left with unexpected and undeserved damages. They may need extensive medical care, lose wages when they are unable to work, and face long-term physical limitations, as well as pain and suffering. In these circumstances it may be wise to consider one's legal options. In addition to possibly recovering compensation, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit may help deter these young drivers from acting negligently while behind the wheel, thereby helping curtail these 100 deadliest days.

Source: AAA, "New Teen Drivers Three Times As Likely to Be Involved in a Deadly Crash," Tamara Johnson, Jun. 1, 2017

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