Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm
There are exceptions, but there’s a good reason that car insurance for a 17-year-old is higher than for someone who’s 40. Teen drivers lack experience and may be unable to handle all of driving’s safety demands.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident with a teen driver, reach out to an experienced attorney. With offices in Odessa, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; and Hobbs, New Mexico, reach out to the Kemmy Law Firm at (210) 735-2233 for a free consultation.
Teen drivers are about 4.5% of all licensed Texas drivers. In 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers 16 to 19 were involved in:
Texas teens are over-represented in all these accidents, by nearly 50% to almost 100%. Teens are slightly under-represented in accidents involving intoxicated drivers. Teens represent 1,012 of those accidents, which is about 4% of the total.
Teens are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash, reports CBS News. The most common mistakes teens make are poor visual scanning, followed by speeding, then distracted driving. Teen drivers were involved in 14,000 fatal crashes from 2011 to 2016. More than 4,200 of those fatal crashes involved excessive speed.
According to an article in the medical journal Pediatrics, immaturity, inexperience, and risky behavior put newly licensed teen drivers at risk. Vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death and injury for teens and young adults in developed countries.
Immaturity in thinking – including problems with self-control, attention, and decision-making – may contribute to bad teen driving, but there’s no direct proof these issues increase teens’ crash risk.
Many behaviors and motivations related to driving are based in the brain. They’re less related to the driver’s age than to his or her stage of puberty. Young drivers also test limits, which can lead to accidents when they go too far. Teen drivers need to master skills that require knowledge, experience, and judgment when risk-taking behaviors and peer pressure influence are at their peak.
Despite all of this, there is good news for teen drivers:
To reduce the risks for your teen driver, do the following:
The Kemmy Law Firm helps accident victims throughout the Permian Basin. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience, and our clients have received millions of dollars. The Kemmy Law Firm can handle every part of your claim so you can get all that you’re entitled to under the law.
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