The segment of the population ranging between the ages of 15 and 20 makes up somewhere around 6.7% of drivers nationwide, but it makes up around 20% of drivers involved in accidents. They also account for approximately 14% of the deaths that occur due to crashes.
Just because the state of Florida issues a driver’s license to a teenager does not mean that he or she is prepared for the road. The statistics involving teen drivers paint a bleak picture. The lack of experience behind the wheel causes them to make critical errors and poor choices, both of which can lead to disaster.
The biggest dangers facing teen drivers
Teenagers tend to be their own worst enemies when it comes to the dangers associated with driving. Some of it has to do with inexperience, but teens do some things behind the wheel that only make matters worse. The biggest mistakes they tend to make while driving include the following:
- Driving too fast, especially for the road conditions
- Failing to continuously scan for obstacles to have the appropriate time to react
- Giving in to distractions inside and outside the vehicle
- Driving recklessly
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Having passengers in the vehicle
- Texting and driving
Many teens tend to forget that the freedom they enjoy with a driver’s license also comes with immense responsibility. They don’t set out to get into an accident, but it happens. In fact, the most common accidents teens get into involve running off the road, left turns and rear-end collisions. These types of accidents tend to occur due to inattention, i.e., distraction.
Parents often do what they can to stress the importance of using cell phones only during emergencies, staying alert and not drinking or doing drugs, especially while driving. However, it appears to be the nature of teens to believe they can handle anything and know better — it’s part of growing up, but it won’t serve them as they drive. Sadly, some teens find out the hard way they are wrong.
The dangers facing you
Teen drivers need experience in order to improve their driving skills, but no one wants to be around when they make a mistake. If you happen to be the one who ends up in this position, you could suffer serious injuries. It could take you a significant amount of time to recover, during which time you may not be able to work and will probably have medical bills as well.
You could exercise your rights under Florida law to file a personal injury claim in pursuit of the compensation you need in order to cover your financial and other losses.