Distracted Teen Driving
Distracted driving is an epidemic across the country. However, there are some groups of people who are distracted more often. Similarly, there are some groups of people who are more susceptible to making an error while driving distracted. Both of these descriptions apply to many Teen Drivers. Given the serious injuries that often result from distracted driving, there should be a strong focus not only on getting compensation for the victims, but also for preventing these kids of accidents in the first place.Additional Requirements for Teen Drivers
Because teens are often distracted behind the wheel, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has imposed restrictions on teen drivers under the age of 19. Teens who want a license must:
- Complete a Driver's Education course that includes both classroom and road instruction.
- Have at least 30 additional hours of driving instruction beyond a Drivers Education Course.
Then when they receive their license, there are added restrictions, including:
- For the first six months, a teen driver cannot have a passenger under the age of 18 without a chaperone.
- Teen drivers cannot get behind the wheel between 12:30 AM and 5:00 AM without a chaperone.
- Except to report an emergency, teens behind the wheel cannot use a cell phone or other electronic device for any purpose.
Even when there are rules in place, teens still become distracted. Sometimes they’re distracted by things that aren’t prohibited by law, such as a radio or dashboard entertainment system. Other times teen drivers break the law by having their friends in the car or using a cell phone. This can cause an accident because these teen drivers don’t have enough experience behind the wheel to properly confront emergency situations. Distracted teen drivers are a ticking time bomb.Serious Injuries Can Be Caused by a Distracted Teen Driver
The injuries caused by Distracted Teen Drivers can be serious. This is especially true if the accident happens at high speed. Teens often speed and travel faster than conditions safely allow. The higher the speed of the car, the more at risk that the people in the car will be seriously injured in a crash. These collisions caused by Distracted Teen Drivers cause many types of injuries, including:
- Broken bones, including hips, ribs, arms, and legs
- Brain injuries including concussions
- Torn ligaments in knees, shoulders, and hips. and
- Spinal injuries to the neck and back, including herniated discs and ruptured discs.
Whether your injuries are minor, moderate, or serious, if you’re injured by a Distracted Teen Driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. It’s important to quickly hire a lawyer at the outset to ensure that you are compensated for all aspects of your claim. A lawyer can ensure that your medical bills are paid properly, your lost wages are well documented, and your injuries are properly treated.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we have dealt with many injured clients who were hurt by Distracted Teen Driving. We know the ins and outs of these claims. We know what it takes to show insurance companies and juries not only that the teen driver caused the accident, but also that the Teen Driver was distracted.
If a Distracted Teen Driver caused your accident, please call the experienced lawyers at Marcotte Law Firm at (978) 458-1229 or contact us for a free consultation.