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Reasons for high teen accident rates

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many drivers who, with reason, are worried about the teenage drivers on the road roads around them. These individuals know that teen drivers have the highest fatal accident rate of any age group. They are worried that they can drive safely and without making any mistakes, but that they could still be hit and injured by a teenager who is behind the wheel.

It is true that teens cause these accidents with a high degree of frequency. However, there are numerous different reasons why they do so. Exploring what some of them are can help to demonstrate what the problem looks like and what red flags you may want to watch for to help you avoid these dangerous drivers.

Lack of experience

First off, teenagers lack experience driving, and this will sometimes cause them to make mistakes. For example, a teenager may feel like they are keeping an appropriate following distance when they are actually tailgating. They won’t even realize that they’ve made a mistake until the car ahead of them stops and they don’t have time to stop before causing a rear-end accident.

Distracted driving

Additionally, teens are often distracted while they are behind the wheel. Many of them will use their cellphone while they drive, while others may listen to music or talk to passengers. Anything that keeps someone from being fully focused on safe driving could potentially lead to an accident.

Impaired driving

Finally, teens certainly do cause impaired driving accidents every year, despite the fact that they are too young to legally drink. In fact, their age may serve as something of a catalyst in this situation. A teenager who has been drinking may not want to contact their parents for a ride and may decide to try driving instead. They would rather risk driving under the influence so that they don’t get caught.

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident caused by another driver, then you’ll need to know exactly how to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs.