Facts About Teen Car Accidents
For teenagers and their parents, getting a driver’s license and a car is a rite of passage. While it allows teenagers greater freedoms to go where they want without having mom or dad drive them, it also increases the risks of car accidents, both for them as well as for other motorists. The following outlines the significant dangers that can result from teen drivers, along with what the state of Florida is doing to help ensure the safety for everyone on the road..
Teen Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the number one cause of death and disability among teens. These accidents kill close to 25,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 19 each year, while causing serious injuries for more than 200,000 others. Teen crash rates are more than three times higher than those of other age groups, and often result from the following factors:
- Driver inexperience: Teens have limited experience in driving in different road, traffic, and weather conditions, and are less likely to respond correctly in sudden situations.
- Speeding: Teens are more likely to race each other, to go over posted speed limits, and to go too fast for conditions, such as during adverse weather or when making turns.
- Distracted driving: Teens are more likely to use cell phones, to text, and to take pictures while behind the wheel. They are also more likely to be distracted by passengers and by events occurring outside of the vehicle.
- Driving impaired: Despite increased public awareness, teen drinking and drug use continues to be a major problem. Even one or two drinks can impair a teen’s judgement enough to make them a serious danger when behind the wheel.
In general teen drivers are also less likely to wear seatbelts or to require their passengers to do the same. This and high rates of speed are part of what makes these car accidents so potentially deadly.
Holding Teens Accountable
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) states that with close to 800,000 teen drivers on the roads in our state, it is important to emphasize the need for safety. To help reduce teen accident risks, the state has implemented the following rules to hold young drivers accountable for their actions:
- Temporary license restrictions if they get 12 or more points in a 12-month period;
- Zero tolerance policies for drinking and driving that result in mandatory six-month license suspension;
- Delays in being approved for an operators license if they are ticketed for a moving violation while on a learner’s permit;
- License suspension for 30 days or more if they fail to attend school or engage in tobacco use.
If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries as the result of a teen driver, call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today and request a consultation. Attorney Gregg Wexler can help you hold reckless and inexperienced drivers accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover.