The age of a negligent driver can play a significant role in a
car accident case. Teenagers often believe that they are invincible and impervious
to life’s tragedies. Unfortunately, this false sense of confidence
– especially on the road – typically results in devastating
collisions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), auto accidents are the leading cause of fatalities for teens in
the United States. 2,333 teens ages 16 through 19 were killed in car accidents
in 2015, while 221,313 required emergency medical treatment in 2014.
The four most common reasons why teenagers are more prone to being involved
in car accidents compared to adult drivers include the following:
Inexperience – Teens typically need a few years of driving experience and are
not ready to properly react to dangerous road situations. The risk of
collisions is particularly high during the first months of obtaining a
license. Teenagers are more likely to follow other drivers too closely,
underestimate hazardous circumstances on the road, and driving over the
Inattentive driving – The vast majority of crashes involving teen drivers occur due to
inattentive driving. Motorists under 20 years of age are typically more
easily distracted by their
cellphones and passengers.
Drinking and driving – In 2012, 23% of drivers under 20 years of age involved in fatal
car accidents were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Speeding – Nearly 35% of teen drivers are speeding at the time the collision
occurred. Male teenagers are especially at risk for being involved in
high-speed, fatal accidents.
If you sustained an injury in an auto accident caused by a negligent teenage
driver in TX,
contact our Austin personal injury attorneys at
Komie & Morrow, LLP today.