Teen drivers are much more likely to be in a collision than their older counterparts. This, whether in Chicago or elsewhere across the state. In part, this is because teen drivers are:
- Less experienced
- More distracted
- More likely to make poor decisions while driving
If you are a teen or if you have a teen driver in your household, the apparent dangers likely are on your mind on a regular basis. Yet teens are likely to be in accidents with drivers of all ages. This means that even if you do not know a teen driver, you should still be aware of the issues facing these young motorists and be alert for any potential dangers.
How Often Are Teenagers Involved in Auto Accidents?
In 2017, approximately 2,364 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in car accidents in the United States. This translates to the biggest cause of accidental death among this age group. An additional 300,000 teens were injured but survived accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These numbers are disproportionately high when comparing them to the numbers of other fatal and injury-causing accidents in the United States.
All teens are at a high risk for an auto accident. However, among those 16-19 years old, males are more likely than females to get into a collision. Further, those licensed most recently cause the largest number of crashes. This is particularly true for teen drivers who have had a license for six months or less.
Teen Drivers Are More Likely to be Distracted
Surveys among drivers of all ages reveal that teen drivers are more likely to engage in distracting behaviors while driving. This includes:
- Making phone calls
- Talking to friends
Most states have laws forbidding distracted driving, but these tend to vary from state to state. This sometimes makes it difficult to understand exactly what is illegal in a certain area.
However, if an activity causes a driver of any age to lose focus, fail to pay attention, or otherwise be distracted, that activity should not be engaged in while driving.
The rise in popularity and the rapid advancements seen in cell phones has been a leading cause of distracted driving among teens. As a group, teen drivers are more likely to speed and to follow too closely. This means in the event an obstacle appears in their path, like a pedestrian or a slowing vehicle, a teen will have less time to avoid a collision. If even a momentary delay in observing the obstacle occurs, it may make the difference between a teen’s ability to avoid a crash and becoming the cause of an accident.
Checking a new email message, looking at or sending a text message, or browsing the internet can take a driver’s eyes off the road for critical seconds. This leaves the driver with the inability to notice changes in traffic conditions, including a changing traffic light.
Every year, more and more drivers admit that they were responsible for a crash because they were looking at their cell phones instead of the road. Further, many of these collisions result in injuries or even death. Teen driver accident attorneys in Chicago are very aware of these distractions.
What Should I Do After a Collision with a Teen Driver?
As long as teens continue to drive, some of them will be involved in collisions. There will be accidents with other cars, buses, trucks, or even pedestrians.
Some of these may be the teen’s fault while others may be the fault of another party. Regardless, an accident involving a teenager is dangerous and distressing for everyone in the teen’s family.
Illinois law provides accident victims with the right to seek a financial recovery against an at-driver. The person who causes an accident and injuries or a fatality is responsible.
Often, these claims can settle against the at-fault driver’s automobile insurance. Or, in some cases, they can resolve with the victim’s own insurance policy. The facts of the accident determine which claims may be available.
A Chicago Teen Driver Accident Lawyer Can Help
Following a collision, you should not have to worry about how you will pay your medical bills or whether you will be able to provide for your family while you are unable to work. An experienced injury lawyer can help you. He or she can bring a civil claim for your damages against any and all responsible parties.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have successfully resolved numerous claims on behalf of our clients who suffer injuries in automobile collisions. We have the experience to obtain the settlement or verdict that our client deserves. Let us help you, starting with a free, no obligation telephone consultation. We’re available 24/7.