One of the most exciting times in a teenagers life is when they are finally allowed to get behind the wheel and learn how to drive a car. Although inexperienced drivers are eager to hit the road, their lack of experience and immaturity can be the underlying cause behind many accidents on Tennessee's highways and roads.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a fact sheet on motor vehicle safety, and more specifically, teen driving. According to the information from 2010 studies, seven teens aged 16 to 19 died every day as a result of motor vehicle injuries. Additionally, the numbers suggests that those same teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in an auto accident than drivers aged 20 and older.
Its an unfortunate reality that teens, or any inexperienced drivers, are experiencing death and injury in such high numbers. Have you or a loved one been involved in an accident with an inexperienced driver? If so, you may be entitled to compensation due to their negligent and reckless behavior. If your injuries were sustained as a direct result of the crash, contact an auto accident attorney today to understand your rights.
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Common Causes of Accidents Due to Driver Inexperience
The CDC reported that teen drivers with passengers were at an increased risk of causing an auto accident, and that crash risk is increasingly high during the first few months of licensure. There are many factors at play when an inexperienced driver gets behind the wheel, and the scariest may be that they simply will not know how to react to certain situations. Couple that with the likelihood that they are driving with passengers, possibly paying attention to a smart phone, and are not 100% comfortable behind the wheel, and it is no wonder that the crash statistics are so high.
Some of the most common reasons that inexperienced drivers are involved in or cause auto accidents are:
- Changing lanes or turning without signaling
- False sense of safety, or ignorant to dangers of reckless driving
- Ignorance of road rules
- Inability to recognize hazardous situations
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Texting and driving
- to name a few.
These typical scenarios occur on Tennessee's roads every day, and other travelers must remember to drive defensively at all times. Teen drivers and inexperienced drivers must take extra precautions behind the wheel. If they do not, tragedy can strike, and serious injury or death can come to those involved in an auto accident.
Common Injuries Associated with Driver Inexperience
As with any accident, the severity of the injuries depends on the circumstance. In cases of driver inexperience, serious injury can come to the negligent driver as well as those that they may harm in another vehicle. This is due to the fact that teen drivers are more likely to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and without the use of a seatbelt both of which can be life-altering decisions.
The most commonly occurring injuries in cases of driver inexperience auto accidents include:
- Cracked ribs
- Fractured or shattered bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal trauma
- and many others.
While these injuries are not exclusive of driver inexperience in Tennessee, they are very possible when one or more drivers involved in the accident are behaving recklessly or negligently, and in most situations, inexperienced drivers are doing just that. Negligent behavior implies that the at-fault party is acting without regard for the safety of themselves or others, and if you or a loved one has been in an accident as a result of negligent driving, that driver is liable for the pain and suffering that you or your loved one has endured.
If this is the case, the best course of action to take is to seek legal representation, because the time spent out of work recovering from your injuries, the medical expenses and other costs associated with the crash can amount to thousands of dollars, and you should not have to shoulder that burden while the responsible party walks away freely.
Tennessee Driver Inexperience Attorneys
Greg Coleman Law has the knowledge and resources to help auto accident victims in Knoxville, Sevierville and other cities in Tennessee with their legal claims.
Over 26,000 auto accidents occurred in Tennessee in 2011. Many of these accidents were life-altering for the passengers involved.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury from a Tennessee auto accident due to driver inexperience, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and other losses. An experienced car accident attorney from our Knoxville office can advise you on your next course of action.
With an office in Knoxville, Greg Coleman Law also proudly represents clients from the following areas:
- and most other surrounding towns and suburbs.
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