Teen Car Accidents
In the U.S., traffic accidents are the top cause of death for teenagers, accounting for a third of the deaths among that age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that crashes kill eight teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 every day. Teens suffer more than 800,000 injuries per year due to motor vehicle crashes. The CDC adds that drivers in the 16-19 age group are four times more likely than older motorists to be involved in a crash. If your teenager has been involved in an accident or if you’ve been hurt by a teen driver, talk with an experienced personal injury attorney for information about your rights.
Teen Car Accidents
Federal government data on fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2009 reveals:
- 33,808 deaths nationwide
- 728 deaths of children 10 to 15 years old
- 3,932 deaths of teens 16 to 20 years of age
Figures for the State of Florida:
- 2,558 deaths statewide
- 42 deaths of 10 to 15 year olds
- 251 deaths of those 16 to 20 years
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
When you need reliable legal advice about injuries caused by a teen driver, the Fort Lauderdale teen car accident attorneys at Freeman Injury Law can help. Our seasoned professionals know that 16-to-19 year olds have the highest crash rate of all driver age groups. We understand that young drivers just don’t have the experience that helps their older counterparts avoid collisions. Our Broward County teen car accident lawyers can advise you, too, in situations where you or your teenager are accident injury victims. We’ll help you understand your rights and the decisions you need to make after an accident.
Why do teenage drivers have a greater risk of injury or death in car crashes? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a number of factors can contribute:
- Teen drivers are more likely to follow other vehicles too closely
- Teens tend to speed more than older drivers do
- Teen drivers are less likely to recognize dangerous situations
- Teens are less likely than other age groups to wear seat belts
- Teen drivers may use alcohol or ride with drivers who drink.
- Teens be distracted by other teens in the car
- Teens are more likely to drive smaller and older cars than adult drivers do
The West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Freeman Injury Law know the anguish that parents face when your children are involved in car crashes. In some circumstances, parents can be held liable for accidents their teenagers cause. If your teen was injured as a passenger, you’ll want to know about compensation to help with medical care and other expenses. Our firm’s experienced car accident attorneys in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce have handled many types of accident cases. We have legal knowledge you can rely on when you need to understand your rights. Our firm also has the resources required to examine accident circumstances and determine liability. When you need proven capabilities to help you and your teen through the difficult aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, you can depend on the Broward County car accident lawyers at Freeman Injury Law. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. You pay no fees unless we recover damages for you.