If you look at the statistics for teen drivers, you might never let your teenager behind the wheel of a car. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. During 2013, an average of six teenagers died each day in motor vehicle accidents with another 243,243 teens injured in motor vehicle accidents. In California, teen motor vehicle fatalities increased between 2013 and 2014.
Common causes of teen car crashes include:
- Driver inexperience
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving in unfamiliar locations
- Driving in adverse weather conditions
- Driving with passengers in the vehicle
- Driving at night
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
If you have a teen driver, you can help your teen become a better driver by always setting a good example when you are driving. You can also help your teen become a safer driver by spending as much time riding with your teen as possible. For more tips to help your teen be a safe driver visit the NHTSA website and the Safe Teen Driving website.
Does My Teen Need An Attorney For A Car Accident?
Even the safest teen drivers can be involved in a car accident. Regardless of whether or not your teen is at fault for the accident, it is wise to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Obviously, your first priority is to seek medical attention for your child because your child’s health is the most important thing. However, protecting your child’s right to receive a fair and just settlement is also important.
Know Your Rights To Receive Just Compensation
Your child may be entitled to be compensated for medical expenses and other financial damages. If your child is seriously injured, calculating future damages can be complicated. Projecting the financial losses your child will experience requires the assistance of an economist or other financial expert. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you locate the professionals needed to ensure your child receives all of the compensation he or she is entitled to receive under California’s personal injury laws.
In addition to financial damages, your child may be entitled to receive compensation for physical pain, emotional suffering, and other non-economic losses. Many teenagers involved in a motor vehicle accident suffer great emotional distress and anxiety including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As with financial damages, an expert can greatly help calculate the compensation your child should receive for his or her non-economic damages.
A personal injury lawyer understands the steps to take to protect your child’s rights and to maximize the compensation your child receives for a car accident claim.
Contact a Fresno, CA Car Accident Attorney
If your teenager has been injured in a car accident, contact the Fresno personal injury attorneys of Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free legal consultation. You may also chat with a representative online or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.