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Teen Driver Safety

Understanding Teen Driver Safety During the 100 Deadliest Days!

June 10, 2024

For teens, May is the beginning of summer vacation (at least for many) and the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year. The number of teen driver car crashes, which is already higher than any other age group, increases 25 percent during the summer. Frequently, the car crash victim is a passenger in the teen’s vehicle.

If a teen driver, or any other driver, negligently causes a car crash, a California Car Accident Lawyer can obtain the financial compensation the victims need and deserve. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.

Teens and Car Crashes

Driving purpose, operator distraction, and driver inexperience contribute to many summertime teen car crashes.

When kids drive purposefully, like to school or home from work, they often focus very well on the task at hand. When they drive without a purpose, they often drive recklessly.

Operator distraction might be the biggest reason for the disproportionate number of teen driver crashes. For this reason, California and most other states limit the amount of non-family passengers in a teen-driven vehicle. However, as most of us know, many teens aren’t particularly well-known for their strict adherence to safety rules.

Inexperienced drivers often have difficulty controlling their vehicles and problems making good judgments. However, the same duty of care applies to everyone. All drivers are held to the same standard, whether they’ve been licensed for thirty years or thirty seconds.

Legal Options for Victims

The three main underlying causes of teen driver crashes illustrate the two main legal options that a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer has in these situations.

Excessive passenger-related driver distraction could involve the negligence per se rule. Drivers who violate safety laws could be liable for damages, as a matter of law, if that violation substantially caused injury.

Drivers breach their duty of reasonable care when they drive aggressively (recklessly) or while impaired (failing to use good judgment). If a breach of care causes injury, damages are available.

Often, caregivers have the power to prevent crashes, which is ideal. Talk to kids about what’s at stake and what’s expected of them when they drive. Also, do more than explain safety laws to them. Explain to them why these laws are important. Teen driver crashes are among the most common and most preventable car crashes.

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Today

Contact the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim for a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.

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