We’ve all heard the concerns about young teen drivers. When 16-year-olds first become eligible for provisional licenses in Alaska, they may be inexperienced and distracted. Provisional license restrictions are in place to help prevent new teen drivers from getting into accidents. These restrictions limit the passengers a new teen driver may have in the car and prevent new teen drivers from driving between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
However, these young teen drivers may not be the most dangerous teen drivers on the road.
Study Finds Older Teen Drivers Are Also Dangerous Drivers
A 2017 study conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Liberty Mutual Insurance found that more than half of high school seniors have car accidents or near misses. In comparison, just over one third of high school sophomores have car accidents or near misses. The study identified several reasons for the increase in crashes or close calls. Specifically, the high school seniors:
- Become overconfident in their driving abilities and take more risks than younger drivers. This may include using their cell phones to text, browse social media, or search for music.
- May be more distracted. The restriction on the number of passengers goes away at age 18.
- May be more tired. The restriction on driving during the overnight hours goes away at age 18.
If you are an older teen or the parent of an older teen, then it is important to be aware of these risks, to talk about them, and to do your best to prevent an accident.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt by a Teen Driver
Regardless of the teen’s age, liability is not automatic. Instead, you need to prove that the teen driver was negligent in order to recover damages. An experienced car accident lawyer can investigate what happened and help you get the fair recovery that you deserve. To learn more, please read our free report, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or call attorney Ben Crittenden today to schedule a free case evaluation.