Teen Driver Car Accidents
Teen drivers, taken as a whole, are the most dangerous drivers on the road. This is for two reasons. First, they’re inexperienced. Even for those drivers who get a license as soon as they can at age 16, teenagers can only have a few years of experience. This means that when they’re faced with a sudden situation, they’re often encountering it for the first time, making it more likely that they’ll make a mistake.
At the same time, teens are much more impulsive and unpredictable. They also take more risks than older drivers. Whether it’s driving at over 100 miles per hour or speeding up when a light turns yellow, teen drivers sometimes do things that others wouldn’t do. When these riskier behaviors are combined with inexperience, the results can be catastrophic.Types of Teen Driver Car Accidents
Teens can cause accidents in the same multitude of ways that any other type of driver can. However, at Marcotte Law Firm, our Lowell Car Accident Lawyers have seen the following types of cases most often:
- Teen Drunk Driving: Just as teens are inexperienced behind the wheel, they’re inexperienced with alcohol. Many teens don’t understand that even one drink can impair a driver and cause a car accident.
- Distracted Teen Driving: Distracted driving is an epidemic across society. However, they’re no segment of the population that are more distracted than teens. Whether they’re distracted by a phone, music, or passengers, driving distracted will inevitably lead to a crash.
- Teen Speeding Accidents: Speed kills at any age. However, teens are sometimes more apt to excessively speed, whether it’s on the highway or a neighborhood street. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries.
If an inexperienced teen driver causes an accident, it’s important to remember not to lose your cool. That’s one way to make an already bad situation worse. Keep in mind that the teen driver who caused the accident likely is in a state of shock and doesn’t know what to do. That unfortunately means that you’ll have to be the one to take control of the situation.
Instead, the first thing you should do is make sure everyone is OK. Then, you should call the police. When the police show up, calmly explain what happened, and don’t try to assign blame. The police officer will figure out what happened and take appropriate action with the other driver.Experienced Lowell Car Accident Attorneys
At Marcotte Law FIrm, our Lowell car accident lawyers have handled tens of thousands of car accident cases. With that experience, our attorneys have learned how to peel back the onion to get to the root cause of the accident. When it comes to teen drivers, it’s important to figure out what happened to hold them accountable. How fast was the car going? Who was in the car? Where was the cell phone? These are all questions that could make the difference in your case.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call the Lowell Car Accident Lawyers at Marcotte Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.