Teen Drivers at Higher Risk for Fatal Car Accidents

Over the past decade, state legislatures have been exploring ways to reduce car accidents by considering placing restrictions on teen driving. Although there has been a general decline in teen traffic fatalities, research also shows that drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 are nearly eight times as likely to get involved in a fatal car accident if they are carrying two or more peers in the vehicle. Serious car accidents can harm other drivers with catastrophic injuries, and if you have been a victim, you need legal representation.

A teen driver with just having one passenger under the age of 21 has a clear impact on the likelihood of a crash. The AAA Foundation discovered that just one more young adult in the car was associated with a 44% fatality increase per mile driven. On the other hand, having a driver aged 35 or older partnered with a teenager led to a 62% decrease in chances, per mile driven, of being killed in a car crash. There are many factors connected to increased teens in the car that might contribute towards the higher risk, including distractions like talking, texting, or listening to music.

Not paying attention for even a few minutes or simply losing control of the car might lead to car pileups or fiery crashes. Common injuries from car accidents include whiplash, broken bones, and back pain that can influence a victim for the rest of his or her life. Other consequences of car accidents include lost wages, lost time at work, and an inability to enjoy activities that were commonplace before the incident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle crash, there are time limits for filing a personal injury case in court. To have your side of the story told, hire an experienced and compassionate Illinois personal injury lawyer today.

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