Teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than drivers age 20 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During a typical day, seven teens between the ages of 16 and 19 years old die in traffic crashes in the U.S.
It is a sad fact that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. The CDC reports that 2,650 16 to 19 year olds were killed and 292,000 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in traffic crashes in a single recent year.
Not only are teen drivers at risk for accidents, but their passengers and occupants of other vehicles on the road are also at risk.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a teenage driver, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced Dallas car accident lawyer.
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we have successfully represented clients in thousands of car accident cases. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online now for a free claim review.
Causes of Teen Driving Accidents
There a many common causes of car accidents for drivers of all ages, including young drivers. However, certain factors have been found to contribute more often to teen driving accidents, according to the CDC. These include:
Texas Graduated Driver License Program
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has implemented a Graduated Drivers License (GDL) program. Its purpose is to give new drivers the opportunity to improve their driving abilities in a low-risk environment and to reduce accidents caused by teen drivers.
Phase One of the program is the learner’s license, which a new driver under the age of 18 must hold for a minimum of six months before moving on to the second phase. Phase Two is a provisional license that restricts driving privileges for drivers under 18. Minors must pass a skills exam before they are issued a provisional license.
Under the provisional license, teen drivers may not:
Legal Help for Victims of Teen Driving Accidents
If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by a teen driver, whether as a passenger or as an occupant of another motor vehicle involved in the crash, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we are prepared to investigate your accident and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. Our lawyers have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients throughout the Dallas Metroplex and all of North Texas.
Contact our firm now for a free case evaluation with no obligation.