August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Everyone has to start driving sometime. For most people, they begin driving as teenagers, at age 16 or 17. While many teenagers are responsible drivers and do their best to follow traffic rules and avoid causing accidents, their main danger is a lack of experience. On the other end of the spectrum, many teenagers fail to realize the risks that are caused by distracted or reckless driving
. For a variety of reasons, teenagers cause a substantial amount of accidents in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the main cause of death for teenagers in the country. Young drivers age 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal accident than older drivers.
To drive home the point of these serious statistics is the tragic case of a 17-year-old Irvine teenager and the passengers inside his car. The LA Times reported that the boy lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. Authorities say he may have been driving up to 100 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone; he and his four teenage passengers were killed.
Distraction.gov lists several of the most common causes for distraction-related crashes that teenagers are especially known for:
Using cell phones and other handheld devices
Texting and driving
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Adjusting the radio
Texting and driving is especially dangerous, because it typically takes the driver's attention completely off the road for several seconds or longer. Nearly half of U.S. teenagers have admitted to texting or emailing while driving. In addition to this risk, younger drivers may find it more difficult to judge dangerous situations, are more likely to speed or tailgate and engage in other hazardous behavior such as drinking and driving or not wearing a seatbelt.
Contacting an attorney
Unfortunately, statistics support the assumption that many Orange County residents will be affected by teenage drivers this year. Accidents caused by teenagers continue to be a problem in California, and injuries resulting from crashes can rack up medical bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you've been impacted by a distracted or negligent driver, it's important to contact an attorney with experience in handling car accident cases. A personal injury attorney will be able to advise you on compensation that you may be entitled to.