You may or may not be aware that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. Our attorneys believe it is important for parents to protect our young drivers on the road by properly instructing teens to be responsible and mature drivers setting good examples themselves. It is incredibly unfortunate when these young lives full of potential are cut too short due to negligence in what could have been a preventable car crash.
It is important to talk to teens about how they can be safe drivers and how they can keep themselves safe from negligent drivers on the road by practicing defensive driving. An astounding statistic from the National Safety Council states that teens die more often in car accidents than they do from suicides and homicides combined. In fact, a teen driver’s risk of a car crash is three times more than the risk for experienced drivers. Since many of these crashes could be prevented if they practice safe driving behaviors, it is important that parents and other role models make the best impression on teens in order to save their lives. Let it sink in how vital a safe role model is: 80% of teens have said that their parents are the biggest influence over their driving habits.
Despite education efforts by schools and parents, all too often we read about teen deaths on the road. According to a report by M Live, a teenager was recently killed when a car in which he was riding in was struck by a semi-truck. No further information has been released at this point in time that could shed light on the possible causes of the accident.
Although the teenage victim described above was not the driver, it is important to note that these accidents are not always the fault of a teen being reckless or risky, but are often due to the fact that teenagers are much less experienced drivers than the majority of others on the road. When faced with dangerous situations, teens are often inexperienced or unaware of how to keep themselves safe and be a defensive driver. That is why it is especially unfortunate that negligent drivers are breaching their legal duty to keep others safe on the road in an instance where teen drivers do not have the knowledge or skill level to protect themselves from these wrongdoers.
It is a mission of our law firm to stand by victims and their families to hold wrongdoers accountable for injuries, losses, and deaths. No one deserves to lose a young and loved member of their family in an accident that could have been easily prevented with safety and caution. If you or someone you love has been injured due to a negligent driver, you may be able to obtain compensation through a lawsuit. Call our firm for a free consultation, and we can help you decide if legal action is right for you.