Teen drivers in Florida are statistically more likely to be involved in serious car accidents than drivers in all other age groups. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released driver statistics regarding teen driver safety ahead of National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Teens who drive with other only other teenage passengers in the vehicle may be more at risk of having a serious car accident. The new research shows that fatality increased by 51 percent overall for drivers with only other teenage passengers. When teenagers were riding with at least one other passenger age 35 and older, fatality decreased by eight percent.
In 2016, over one million car accidents involving teen drivers were reported, and these crashes resulted in over 3,200 deaths. When teen drivers were driving with other teenage passengers, fatalities rose 56 percent for drivers of other vehicles, 45 percent for teen drivers and 17 percent for pedestrians and cyclists. AAA advises that these statistics highlight the danger inexperienced drivers pose behind the wheel and their need for supervision by more experienced drivers.
Car accidents are a major causes of death and catastrophic injuries every year. An attorney experienced in personal injury litigation may be able to help car accident victims who want to file a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver to recover medical costs, lost wages and damages for pain and suffering.
An attorney may be able to assist car accident victims prove that another driver was liable for the accident, which is a requirement for those who are seeking to recover damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Negligence is based on what a reasonable person would do under the same circumstances. Teen drivers may be more likely to underestimate driving risks and make mistakes due to inexperience. An attorney may be able to examine crash scene evidence, police reports and other evidence and argue that this evidence supports a finding that the defendant was negligent.