School is back in season. That means high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will be starting driver’s ed and driving on local roads.
Getting a driver’s license is a major landmark in a teenager’s young adult life. A driver’s license provides freedom, responsibility, and independence. The best and safest drivers on the road all have years of driving experience, something that, by nature, a teenager can’t have. Young drivers, consequently, make the most mistakes and unintentionally endanger the most lives on the road.
Here are some important facts to remember: driving teens (ages 16-19) are 3 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than any other age group. Despite being only 14% of the population, teen drivers are involved in 30% of the costs of all motor vehicle injuries. Also, teens are even more likely to cause a crash if they are driving with teen passengers or if it’s their first month with their licenses. Plus, we all know how easily teens are distracted in the smartphone age!
This should all makes logical sense -- without driving experience, young drivers are more likely to misjudge situations, forget important traffic laws, and miscalculate the size and speed of their cars.
Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones are properly taken care of in the event of a car accident. Aside from the basics (wear your seatbelt, drive the speed limit, be alert, and drive defensively), you should also make sure that you have full auto insurance coverage, including Uninsured Motorist Coverage because of the amount of uninsured drivers on the road.
If you are in a motor vehicle collision with an uninsured driver, you will need a comprehensive uninsured motorist plan from your insurance company (not just the bare minimum) to recover fully.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you need professional representation by an experienced attorney. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.