Newly licensed teen drivers are more dangerous on the road than teens with a learner’s permit, says one study from Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health. Drivers in Florida should know that the risk for a crash or near-miss with another car goes up eight months from the last three months that teens have their permit to the first three months that they have a license.
The study involved 90 teen and 131 parent participants. Through dash cams and special software that recorded braking and speed, researchers monitored teens from the time they obtained their permit to the end of their first year as licensed drivers. Due to the sudden absence of parent supervision, newly licensed drivers were found to engage in risky behavior like harsh braking, fast acceleration and severe turns.
On the other hand, teens proved to be safer drivers than adults when traveling at night and in bad weather. Researchers believe that there should be a more gradual lessening of parent supervision so that teens can learn certain skills that they otherwise cannot learn with a parent beside them.
In 2008, Illinois tripled the time it takes for teen drivers with permits to obtain a license. One result is that by 2017, the state halved the number of teen driver fatalities.
Education alone, though, cannot prevent drivers from acting negligently if they really wish to. Negligence forms the basis for many a car accident case, and victims who believe they have a strong case may want a lawyer to evaluate it. Most personal injury lawyers have a network of professionals they can rely on to gather evidence, determine the extent of injuries and so on. Lawyers then usually strive for a settlement out of court, leaving litigation as a last resort.