Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death among American teenagers. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics for 2017, over 2,300 teens were killed and over a quarter-million required visits to hospital emergency rooms. The fatality rate for young males involved in auto accidents was almost twice that of their female counterparts.
Why Are Teens More Susceptible to Car Wrecks?
Factors involved in heightening teenagers’ susceptibility to auto collisions include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Teens are more likely to speed than older drivers and not allow for the proper following distance.
- Young drivers tend to underestimate dangerous situations or fail to recognize them at all; more so than older drivers, which points to their inexperience and/or distracted driving—also more of a problem with young drivers (ages 16–19) than other age groups.
- Alcohol elevates the risk of accidents for all age groups, but in a disproportionate way for young drivers.
- The level of seat-belt usage is lower for teenage drivers. Many auto accident fatalities and injuries can be avoided. Parents can help by setting a good example; being dutiful driving teachers and exposing their kids to a wide variety of driving situations; restricting nighttime driving (for at least the first six months); hammering home the importance of seat belts; emphasizing the consequences of distracted driving and limiting the number of passengers to one (if any) until they’re more experienced; and instituting a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the fault of another, contact an auto accident attorney to safeguard your rights.
How a Personal Injury Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help
Although you do not need an attorney to file an insurance claim, it can be helpful to have an attorney do some of the legwork. If you are injured, you should focus on trying to heal. An attorney can help with the following:
- Communicating with the other driver’s insurer
- Obtaining the necessary evidence to prove your claim
- Organizing medical records and bills
- Ensuring all medical records are in order
- Negotiating with the insurance company to reach a satisfactory settlement
If an agreement cannot be reached between you and the negligent driver’s insurance company, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages. Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden has helped countless accident victims, and he can put his experience to work for you. Call his Anchorage office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more.