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Common Ways Teen Drivers Cause Accidents


Published in Car Accidents,Distracted Driving on November 10, 2020.

Teen drivers are responsible for a disproportionate amount of car accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Their accidents can be attributed to several different factors, including inexperience, distraction, and alcohol or drug use. An experienced attorney can help you recover your damages if a teen driver injured you. 

For decades, getting a driver’s license has been a right of passage for many teens. Driving is newfound freedom, but it is a privilege that comes with great responsibility. Some teens are not yet mature enough to handle such responsibility or believe they are invincible and take extreme risks. Others may fail to understand how their actions behind the wheel can negatively impact others. Whatever the reason for your car crash with a teen driver, a Macon car accident lawyer can assist you with your next steps.

The Scary Statistics of Teen Driving

It’s common knowledge that teen drivers are usually inexperienced and may not be the best drivers. However, examining the statistics of teen driving accidents can be eye-opening. Consider these 2017 statistics as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • 2,364 teens in the United States between the ages of 16-19 were fatally injured in car accidents
  • Approximately 300,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes
  • This means that six teens aged 16-19 died each day in car accidents, and hundreds more were injured.
  • Young people aged 15-19 accounted for 6.5 percent of the U.S. population. However, $13.1 billion, or nearly 8 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries, were attributed to this population

Not only do teens injure themselves by not driving responsibly, but they also injure others. If you or a loved one were injured in a teen driving accident, talk with a Macon car accident attorney about your legal options as soon as possible.

How Teen Drivers Cause Accidents

Teen drivers can cause accidents in a variety of different ways. Inexperience is a significant factor in teen driving accidents, as is driving with friends. Other causes include:

  • Distracted driving: Teens these days have more to be distracted by than teen drivers in the past, thanks to technology. Teen drivers are easily distracted by their cell phones and text messages, sound systems, and other technology features in their vehicles. 
  • Speeding: Teen drivers are more likely to participate in risky driving behaviors, especially males who have male passengers. They often engage in speeding and following too close, making it difficult to stop before causing an accident.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Many drivers are guilty of driving while having drugs or alcohol in their system. When this factor combines with the inexperience of teen driving, the results can be disastrous. In 2017, 15 percent of drivers between the ages of 16-20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of at least .08 percent

None of these factors are meant to be an excuse for irresponsible teen driving behavior. Teens can seriously injure or even kill other motorists when any one of these factors is present. A Macon car accident lawyer can help determine which factors might have played a role in your accident.

Injured by a Teen Driver? Call a Compassionate Macon Car Accident Attorney Today

No matter the age or experience of the driver who caused your accident, you deserve compensation for your injuries.  At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, we offer free case consultations for those injured in a car accident. Call (478) 746-1468 or contact us online today to meet with an experienced Macon car accident lawyer.