The statistics of car accidents is always grim, and for the longest time the focus was on preventing drinking and driving. Following that was texting while driving. Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though, reveal some surprising causes of car accidents that are disturbingly significant: youth and friends.
According to the CDC, car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers between the age of 16 and 19, especially for male teens. Seven teens die every day, and are thrice more likely to be in a fatal motor accident than older drivers. Teen drivers with no adult supervision who have other teenagers as passengers are also more likely to be involved in an accident, and the risk increases with the number of teens in the vehicle. Moreover, in excess of 200,000 teens are treated for car-related injuries every year, accounting for the proportion of car accident-related costs (30% of the total) attributed to teen driving.
So does this mean that teens should not be allowed to drive, and they should not have friends? Not at all; it all depends on circumstances. As a Columbia criminal attorney will be aware, the bare facts don’t always explain the circumstances of a case. Lawyers are trained to look beyond the surface and seek the truth of what happened.
According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the correlation between car accidents and teenagers can be a complex issue to tackle, much more difficult to handle than merely prohibiting the use of handheld devices when driving. There are many factors that will concern someone like a car accident lawyer when digging into the facts of a case to get at whose fault it was.
If you have been seriously injured in a teen-related car accident, liability may be clear but it is a tricky situation. Is the teen responsible for your expenses, or should the parents be the responsible party? And what if the accident was actually caused by the actions of a passenger i.e. monkeying around? Consult with a qualified car accident lawyer in your area to work it out for you.