For the parents of teenage drivers, perhaps their worst nightmare is their teen getting into a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven teens die every day from car accidents. These accidents can cause serious injuries, or even death, and can change lives forever.
Recently, a Jeep SUV driven by a teenage driver crashed into another car on the highway, and flipped over onto the shoulder. Three teens were in the Jeep, and one was injured. The driver of the other car was not injured in the accident. Authorities stated that the driver "made an unsafe turning movement," and said that it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.
Drivers of all ages are held to the same standard when it comes to liability in a car accident: they must have exercised reasonable care under the circumstances. Failing to meet this level of care, such as by speeding or not using turn signals, can constitute negligence. If that negligence causes damage to someone else's property, or causes injury to another person, that driver could be held liable.
According to the CDC, drivers between ages 15 and 24 account for 28 to 30 percent of the total costs of car accident injuries, and car accidents are the leading cause of deaths for teens. Teens, unlike their adult counterparts are particularly at risk because they may underestimate the level of danger in a situation and do not have as much on-the-road experience from which to make judgments. Additionally, teens who drive with other teens as passengers are at a higher risk of getting in car accidents.
In order to reduce some of the risk of accidents for teen drivers, minimizing distractions such as music, cell phones and even the number of passengers in the vehicle can be helpful.
Source: MercuryNews.com, "Teens flee freeway accident in Aptos," J.M. Brown, Feb 18, 2013
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