Queens Teen Car Accidents
A rite of passage that most youth look forward to is getting a driver’s license. However, many teens underestimate the skill and focus it takes to operate a vehicle effectively. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of teen drivers being involved in a car accident is 30% higher than for older drivers. The risk is particularly high the first 3 months after the teen has received his or her driver’s license. Furthermore, if there are teen passengers in the vehicle with the teen driver, the risk of an accident is higher than if the teen is driving alone or with an adult. Despite the New York graduated license program, teen drivers still present a significant risk of causing accidents. Victims of teen car accidents can be both passengers riding with the teen and occupants of other vehicles. Such victims often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, broken or crushed bones, lacerations from broken glass, or a back or spinal cord injury. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver it is important to contact an experienced Queens Teen Car Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.Risks posed by teen drivers
The fact that teen drivers are relatively inexperienced makes it more likely that they will make driving errors. Teens also tend to make risky driving decisions.
- Speeding and tailgating. Teen drivers are more likely to speed and tailgate. Both speeding and tailgating and common contributing factors to vehicle collisions.
- Reckless driving. Teen drivers are more likely to engage in reckless or aggressive driving including speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, and driving through red lights or stop signs. Any of these behaviors can lead to a collision.
- Drinking and driving. Regardless of the level of alcohol consumed, teen drivers are more likely to be affected and the risk of being involved in an accident is higher as compared older drivers. According to the CDC, among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2012, 25% had been drinking.
- Distracted driving. Driving while texting or talking on a cell phone is one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents. If a driver is looking down at his or her phone, that driver is not paying attention to the road.
In addition, unsupervised teen drivers and passengers are less likely to use seatbelts than older drivers. This means that when a teen driver is involved in a collision, there is a greater likelihood that both the driver and the teen passenger will suffer severe injuries.Pursuing a claim
If the negligence of a teen driver caused an accident that resulted in your injuries, you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover if you file a claim against the negligent person include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills including bills from the hospital, your doctors, prescriptions and bills associated with medical equipment
- Damage to your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
If a loved was killed in the car accident, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death action.
Keep in mind that just like all other New York drivers, teen drivers are required to be insured. If you have been injured by a teen driver, you have the right to pursue compensation through his or her auto liability insurance.Queens Teen Car Accidents Lawyer
A personal injury lawsuit stemming from a car accident can be complicated, involving complex evidentiary issues related to fault. We will thoroughly investigate the accident by reviewing police reports, accident scene evidence, eyewitness accounts, cell phone records and social medial postings. If you were injured in a car accident, contact an attorney who not only has experience handing car accidents, but is also familiar with the medical issues victims of such accidents experience. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.