Teen Traffic Accidents in Florida – Inexperienced and Distracted Drivers
In the first six months following obtaining a driver’s license the likelihood of being involved a traffic accident are at its highest lifetime point. In fact, 1 in 5 teenagers will be involved in a traffic accident within one year of obtaining their license. Surprisingly, environmental conditions such as poor weather, vehicle malfunctions and drowsiness are not the primary factor in most car crashes involving teenagers. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for persons between the ages of 15 and 19.
There are nearly 5,000 car accidents in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa area every year involving teens. Teens account for nearly 15% of all traffic accidents in Florida every year. The fatal crash rate for teenagers is four times the rate for drivers aged 25-69. Unfortunately, the vast majority of teen accidents are due to critical driver errors, including things such as:
1. Not paying attention to the road and other vehicles.
2. Driving too fast for the conditions
3. Distracted driving (talking or texting on cell phone or paying attention to other passengers in the car.
What can parents of a teenaged driver do besides buying an insurance policy with high limits? Remember, you will bear the financial responsibility for any accident in your minor child is involved. Driver training courses are very important. Do not let your children have more than one passenger in the car while they are driving. Do not let your child text or talk on the cell phone while driving. You can actually program your child’s cell phone to be non-operational while they are operating a car. Yes, there is an app for that. Set a good example with your own driving habits. At the end of the day, however, it is a learning curve that everyone has to experience.
Unfortunately, the results of a car accident can be devastating and include:
2. Traumatic brain injury and/or concussions;
3. Spinal cord damage and/or paralysis;
5. Fractured or broken bones; and
6. Neck and back injuries.
Have you been involved in a car accident caused by a teenaged driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. The decision to hire an experienced car accident attorney is an extremely important one. It is a decision which you control and should be based on sound reasoning. We invite you to come in and meet us. Ask us questions. Our philosophy is one of treating the client well and providing timely, responsive and knowledgeable service.
If you have been involved in motorcycle accident, you should immediately call Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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