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Teenage drivers are among the highest risk group for auto accidents in California. When an inexperienced youth operates a vehicle, they risk injuring themselves, passengers, and other motorists on the road. If you have been injured in an accident involving a teenage driver, our Sacramento car accident attorney at Elliot Reiner, APLC can help. Our lead attorney has more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law and understands how to effectively evaluate all aspects of a teen driver accident case.

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Common Dangers Associated with Teen Drivers

Teenage drivers are likely to engage in risky driving behaviors and are at the greatest risk for accidents within their first 6 months on the road. Any accident has the potential for serious injury and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), auto accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 in California.

Teenage drivers are more likely to make driving mistakes, such as:

  • Distracted driving: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted driving was a significant factor in approximately 14% of accidents involving teens.
  • Cell phone use: A study by the CDC found that nearly 33% of teens admitted to calling or texting while driving.
  • Inexperience: Many teen drivers have not had sufficient time to develop good driving habits. A 2011 study on accident prevention found that 3 out of 4 accidents involved speeding, the inability to identity road hazards, or both.
  • Driving under the influence (DUI): A 2008 study on the relationship between age and blood alcohol content (BAC) found that young drivers had an increased accident rate far greater than that of adults at similar BAC levels.

Legal Guardians Can Be Liable for Teen Accidents

In California, a person under the age of 18 must normally have the consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to acquire a driver’s license. The parent may then become liable for car accidents and injuries directly caused by their teen on the road. A parent can also be liable for negligent entrustment if a teenager with past transgressions involving drugs or alcohol causes an accident while impaired.

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Inexperience and immaturity do not negate liability for auto accidents and many teens who are behind the wheel may simply not be ready for the responsibility of driving. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a teen driver, contact our Sacramento car accident attorney at Elliot Reiner, APLC as soon as possible. Our lead attorney comes highly rated by past clients and can fight to maximize your claim.

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