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Queens Youth Car Accidents

A car accident can occur at any time to anyone. However, statistics show that drivers under the age of 20 are more likely to cause a car accident as compared to drivers who are over the age of 20. 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. Victims of car accidents can suffering serious, even catastrophic injuries that require long recovery times. If you or a family member was injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver we are here to help. Contact an experienced Queens youth car accidents lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Risks Posed by Young 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. 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. According to statistics reported by the Pew Research Center in 2009, over 35% of 16 and 17-year-old drivers who own cell phones have texted while driving.
  • Seat belt use. Teen drivers and their teen passengers are less likely to use seatbelts compared to adults. In fatal car crashes, 56% of victims between the ages of 16 and 20 were unbuckled. While failure to wear seatbelt does not cause an accident, it contributes to the severity of injuries suffered by accident victims.
Pursuing a Claim

If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident involving a youth driver, contact an experienced Queens youth car accidents lawyer. 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.

Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim in a personal injury case. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit.

Contact a Youth Car Accidents Attorney in Queens

A personal injury lawsuit stemming from a car accident can be complicated, involving complex evidentiary issues related to fault. 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. We will thoroughly investigate the accident by reviewing police reports, accident scene evidence, eyewitness accounts, cell phone records and social medial postings. Contact an experienced youth car accidents attorney serving Queens at Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident. We serve victims of car accidents in the following locations: Queens, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, and Nassau County.

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