You may look back on your high school days and think you were the coolest person in school. All the girls or guys liked you, and you just floated on air from class to class. To most the teenage years are about having fun, but unfortunately poor decisions and distractions can lead to significant personal injuries (link to homepage) when teens get behind the wheel.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, traffic fatalities among teen drivers rose a staggering 19 percent in the first half of last year. That 19 percent is more than double the total increase in other traffic deaths for the same period. In addition to the roughly 3,000 deaths, almost 300,000 teens a year are treated and released from emergency rooms all over the country for injuries suffered while in a car accident. (USA Today)
Some of the most common causes of teenage car accidents can be easily avoided:
• Cell Phones-About 60% of teens say they have no problem with making or answering phone calls while behind the wheel. Talking on the phone can significantly cut your reaction time, and doubles your chances of getting into an accident. Text messaging is also extremely dangerous.
• Speeding-55% of teens say they exceed the speed limit by more than 10 miles an hour, and more than 25% claim to drive more than 20 miles above the speed limit on a routine basis. Speed can be deadly, especially for inexperienced drivers, but it is one of the simplest fixes.
• Peer Pressure-about 50% of teens acknowledge that they drive safer without their friends in the car. Studies have shown that with each additional passenger, a teenage driver’s ability to drive safely is significantly cut. (All State)
Parents must warn their kids about the risks associated with distracted driving and poor decisions made behind the wheel. It is important to talk to your kids, reminding them that their actions can have major consequences and bad decisions or recklessness can significantly impact the lives of those with whom they share the road. It is important to stress the responsibility that comes with getting a license so that teens can learn the importance of safe driving habits from an early age.
At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers have handled a great deal of cases where someone’s recklessness, negligence, or inexperience has altered the lives of other motorists forever. Damages from car accidents can range from relatively minuscule matters like minor property damage, to very serious incidents of spinal cord and brain damage.
When injuries from a car accident are serious, they can take months to recover from, and in this time you can face mounting medical bills while having no ability to work or earn income. Our lawyers work hard every day to ensure that our clients won’t be penalized for other people’s actions, and this is something we take great pride in.