Car accidents are the leading cause of death among United States teenagers. In 2010, seven teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 died every day in car accidents. Statistically speaking, teen drivers are three times more likely to be in a fatal accident than drivers 20+ years old.
Some of the reasons behind these statistics are obvious: many teenagers are newly licensed drivers who have not yet fully mastered vehicle handling skills and defensive driving. Teens tend to be overly confident in their abilities as drivers, with a poor ability to anticipate hazards in a driving environment, and a tendency to underestimate dangerous situations on the road. They also have the lowest rate of seatbelt use compared to other age groups.
Additionally, many teenage drivers engage in distracted driving. Texting while driving is an epidemic among adults as well, but significantly more teenagers admit to texting and cell phone use while behind the wheel. Still, as licensed drivers, teens are just as responsible as any other driver for their negligent actions on the road, and should be held accountable – even if they are uninsured or underinsured.
If you have been seriously injured in a San Diego car accident caused by a teenager, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group today or call (760) 804-2790 to schedule your free case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Oceanside, Escondido, San Marcos, and the rest of the San Diego area.