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Top risks teen drivers face

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2022 | Car Accidents

Teen drivers are likelier to get into accidents than drivers in other age groups. This is partially because they may get nervous while driving on an unfamiliar Arizona road, at night or during periods of inclement weather. However, other reasons may explain why younger drivers are more likely to get into accidents.

Inexperience can lead to poor decisions

It can take many years of operating a motor vehicle before you get a feel for what it means to drive safely. When you first start out, you may not appreciate the importance of maintaining a safe following distance or why you shouldn’t use a phone while your car is in motion. Unfortunately, the only thing that cures inexperience is time. Therefore, the only thing that you can do is exercise extra caution until you begin to get comfortable behind the wheel.

Teens like to drive at excessive speeds

Driving too fast for road conditions is a relatively easy way to get into a motor vehicle accident. This is because you may not have enough room to stop or slow down to avoid a collision. Furthermore, you may be at a higher risk of losing control of your car, which means that others may not have time to avoid a collision.

Passengers can be a distraction

Many states restrict the number of passengers a new teen driver can have in his or her car. This is because passengers can be loud or create a situation in which the driver looks away from the road to focus on what others in the car are doing.

Those who are involved in accidents caused by distracted, drunk or fatigued drivers may be entitled to a financial award. Videos, photos and other evidence may be used during settlement talks or at trial to prove that a defendant was responsible for causing a crash. Personal injury cases are generally settled outside of court but may be resolved through a formal trial if necessary.