Teens tend to be dangerous drivers, and perhaps you found this out first-hand here in San Diego, California. You were in an accident and the other party was at fault, in which case you’re entitled to compensation. First, though, it may be good to know just how the other party was negligent.
Negligent driving among teens
In a recent AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index, 72% of respondents aged 16 to 18 admitted to some form of negligent driving in the 30 days prior. Of these, 47% said they drove 10 miles above the speed limit in a residential zone. Forty percent said that while traveling on the freeway, they exceeded the speed limit by 15 miles. Other common forms of negligence included texting (35%), running a red light (32%) and drowsy driving (25%).
Teens during the “100 deadliest days”
Teen drivers are involved in many car accidents, and at no other time does the number grow higher than during the “100 deadliest days.” During this period, which spans from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there are, specifically, more fatalities arising from teen driving crashes. Over 8,300 such fatalities were reported during the 100 deadliest days from 2008 to 2018. This means that for each day of summer in those years, more than seven people died.
What can be done about teen driver negligence
Parents have a responsibility to tell their teens about the dangers of negligent and reckless driving. They should have a set of family rules already, and they can encourage teens more by setting a good example themselves. AAA also says that before the 100 deadliest days hit, parents could coach their teens on safe driving while in the passenger seat. It recommends that parents do this for at least 50 hours.
A lawyer ready to locally represent you
Victims of motor vehicle accidents can often file a personal injury claim and be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages and other legitimate losses. Before proceeding with your own case, you may want a lawyer to assist you, giving personal attention at every step and negotiating on your behalf for a fair settlement.