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Of all the drivers on the road, teens are the most prone to accidents. They are also more likely to succumb to the temptations of distracted driving, which can increase the severity of their accidents. In an attempt to reduce their risk, one insurance company is installing free drivecams that give parents the power to monitor their teen's driving habits.
How the Cameras Work
The two-way cameras record inside and outside of the cabin, as well as audio sounds. Though it is always recording, it only stores data if the car swerves or brakes too hard. This can not only give parents the ability to see what might have caused their teen to crash, should an accident occur, it gives them a way to monitor risky driving behavior. The knowledge that it is there also encourages teens to drive more sensibly. Ultimately, this could improve driving conditions for everyone.
Parents Thrilled but Teens Are Not
Though parents are excited about the cameras, and feel it is a great way to keep their teenagers safe behind the wheel, many teens feel it is a breach of their privacy. However, because the camera does not actually store the data unless an incident occurs, teens who drive safely continue to retain their independence. According to a consumer advocate, the cameras are also less intrusive than some of the GPS devices that parents are using to watch over their teens.
Drivecams Used as Evidence?
Although teens are at higher risk for accident, they are not always negligent in accidents. Lack of experience – be it overcompensating when trying to maneuver out of a dangerous situation caused by another driver or simply not knowing how to predict that another driver could be drunk or distracted themselves – can be a factor in teen driver accidents. Because of this, even safe teen drivers have a higher risk and could ultimately become the victim in an accident.
Unfortunately, insurance companies automatically default the teen stereotype – irresponsible, distracted, and erratic driving – when accessing teen driver accident claims. Could the drivecams help exonerate them from fault and/or negligence? Only time will tell for certain. For now, parents should seek the assistance of a skilled attorney with their teen's accident claim. This is especially critical if they have a drivecam installed and can prove their teen was not at fault.
Our DuPage County Attorneys Provide Assertive Representation for Your Claim
At the Law Offices of Martoccio & Martoccio, we provide assertive representation for your auto accident claim. Skilled and experienced, we have the knowledge and resources needed to fight for fair compensation for your losses and injuries. Whether you were the victim of a distracted driving teen, or a parent whose teen was not at fault, our DuPage County auto accident attorneys can help. We will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To discuss your unique situation, call 630-920-8855 and schedule your initial consultation today.
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