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Are teen drivers increasing your risk of an accident?

There are more drivers on the roads during the summer months than during other times of the year. School is out, which means there are more younger drivers out and about, and that could mean a higher risk of car accidents. You may already know that summer is a particularly dangerous time to share the road with teen drivers.

Authorities often call the days between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend the "100 Deadliest Days" because there is a significantly higher number of accidents during this period. According to AAA, the number of accidents involving teen drivers increases 14 percent during these months.

Summer, teen drivers and your safety

Teen drivers are less experienced and, in general, tend to engage in more reckless behaviors behind the wheel. Even though summer break is already halfway over, it is beneficial for you understand the risk of sharing the road with reckless or inexperienced drivers and how to protect your interests in the event of an accident. Consider the following facts:

  • Most accidents involving teen drivers happen because of speeding. Driving at excessive speeds significantly increases the chance the driver will lose control and cause harm.
  • Many of these accidents happen when it's dark, specifically between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Parents are responsible for communicating with their teen drivers about the risks and dangers associated with dangerous and reckless driving.

If you are the victim of an accident caused by a negligent teen driver, you may assume you cannot seek compensation because of the age of the driver. In reality, you likely still have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the owner of the car or another party.

In cases in which determining liability is complex, it is particularly important to have experienced guidance by your side as you pursue rightful compensation for your losses.

What comes next?

The post-accident period can be overwhelming and frustrating. In addition to your physical injuries and interruptions to your life, you may have to deal with expensive medical bills and other costs.

You do not have to walk through the aftermath of your accident alone. It can be prudent to seek an evaluation of your case to understand the legal options available to you after an accident with a young driver.

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