Why are Teenage Drivers So at Risk for Accidents?
Auto accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the United States. If your child suffers injury or dies as a result of an auto accident, find out how car accident attorneys in San Luis Obispo can protect your child’s legal rights or the family’s right to recover compensation for damages.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenagers fail to wear seat belts more often than adults. Only 80 percent of teenagers use seat belts. In fact, statistics showed that of teenagers involved in fatal accidents in 2009, 56 percent of those between the ages of 16 and 20 did not wear buckled seat belts. NHTSA also reports that despite the fact that teens are younger than the legal drinking age, they are at risk for being involved in alcohol-related crashes. NHTSA 2006 fatal crash statistics indicated that 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 had been drinking when they died in crashes, and 77 percent of these were not wearing seat belts. Other primary factors that contribute to teen car crash fatalities are lack of experience and immaturity. In an attempt to reduce the risks for teenage drivers, many states (includingCalifornia) have introduced graduated driver licensing (GDL). GDL laws require parents to take more responsibility for their teenage drivers and the law limits the circumstances under which teenagers can drive until they reach the age of 18. The GDL has proven successful for reducing accident exposure risk for teenagers.
If you, a loved one or your teenage family member is involved in a car accident, find out how Lompoc auto accident lawyers can help protect your rights.
James McKiernan Lawyers offers a free consultation to discuss your accident and you owe no fees unless we recover compensation through verdict or settlement.