Vehicle Accidents Caused by Teenage Drivers

New teenage driver looks into the back seat of his carTeenage drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group. Newly licensed teens under the age of 18 are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than older drivers.

Common Accident Causes

Unfortunately, teenage drivers are inexperienced, and sometimes lack the judgment to make responsible driving decisions. There are many possible accident causes that may be uncovered in an investigation of the collision, with the leading causes being:

  • Distracted driving. While drivers of any age can be guilty of distracted driving, it’s a particularly serious problem for teenagers. According to the Pew Research Center, 52 percent of teenagers who own a cell phone have talked on it while driving.
     
  • Speeding. Speeding allows drivers less time to react to changing road conditions, and it also increases the collision force in the event of an accident. Teenage drivers, particularly males, are more likely to speed than older drivers.
     
  • Drunk driving. Drinking and driving is dangerous for drivers of all ages, of course. However, at all levels of intoxication, driver impairment and collision risk are higher for teenagers than for any other age group.

Alaska’s Graduated Drivers License Program

The state of Alaska has passed graduated drivers licensing laws to allow inexperienced drivers to learn how to drive while minimizing risks. This protects teenagers and other drivers by requiring young drivers to first obtain a provisional license. As the new driver becomes more experienced, the provisions are gradually lifted until he is eligible for an unrestricted license.

You Need an Attorney

Teen drivers may be inexperienced, but they are still held to the same standards of care as all other motorists. If a teenage driver has been negligent, or if he has failed to comply with Alaska’s graduated drivers licensing laws, he is responsible for the damage he has caused. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident due to the actions of a teen driver, you deserve compensation. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.