Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into a car accident, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports. Many teen driving accidents can be attributed to inexperience. However, they are also caused by careless behavior.
Those who have been injured by a teen driver deserve to be compensated for their losses just as if the wreck was caused by an adult.
The lawyers of Burch, George & Germany can help if you have been in an accident caused by a teen driver. We serve accident victims and their families throughout Oklahoma’s 77 counties. Simply contact us today to set up a free meeting to review your case.
Keep in mind that a lawsuit in a car accident caused by a teen driver seeks money through auto insurance – not the teen or his or her parents. Anyone harmed by a teen driver – adults, other teens or passengers in a car driven by a teen — should not hesitate to file a claim for compensation.
Car accidents cause serious and expensive losses. For example, the Oklahoma State Department of Health recently calculated that the median cost to be hospitalized in our state with multiple traumatic injuries was more than $15,000.
Car accident losses can be recovered through insurance coverage for medical costs, car repair or replacement, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says teens often get into accidents because they haven’t developed the judgment needed to recognize and react quickly enough to roadway hazards.
More disturbingly, the NHTSA says young drivers are more likely than adults to engage in risky driving behavior that causes car accidents. This includes:
Unfortunately, teens are often the ones who are hurt in texting and driving accidents. The NHTSA says about 65 percent of those who die in car accidents involving drivers ages 16 to 20 are the young driver or passengers in the young driver’s vehicle.
A car crash that causes serious injury or death upends the lives of those involved. If a young person is involved, either as the at-fault driver or as a victim, the emotional impact increases.
An experienced car accident attorney can extend the compassion and skill that you and your family deserve and pursue a proper settlement after a crash caused by a teen driver.
An attorney can investigate and compile evidence with the least amount of disruption to you and your family and allow you to focus on your health and recovery.
A lawyer can also maintain a professional attitude if an unreasonable insurance company tries to downplay your losses. A lawyer will work with your best interests foremost in mind throughout negotiations or in the courtroom.
If you or a loved one of yours has been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma that was caused by a teen driver, contact a Burch, George & Germany lawyer for assistance. We can help you to seek the compensation you need and deserve.
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