Young drivers who have recently learned how to operate a motor vehicle are at an increased risk of becoming involved in an auto accident. With the right guidance and advice, along with some common sense, teens can avoid becoming another statistic.
If you or a loved one of yours has been injured or lost their life due to a teenage driving accident, contact the Law Office of Jason Skala in order to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Anchorage who will be able to inform you of your rights toward financial compensation for your injuries and losses.
According to the informative driving safety website Car Safe and information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents in Alaska and across the United States, and has become a “deadly epidemic” among American drivers, especially teenagers.
Teen drivers tend to be more distracted than other drivers, especially by their cell phones. Even with older adults who should know better, it can be difficult to resist answering a call or text, especially if it’s important. Inexperienced teenage drivers who have never known a day without a cell phone in their life are faced with a more prevalent issue.
Teenage drivers should put their phone on silent while driving and not pay it any attention until they are out of the driver’s seat. Looking down at your phone for five seconds could cost you or someone you love, or someone you don’t even know, their lives.
One in every four car accidents in the US is caused by texting and driving. Being that there are about 6 million car accidents that occur per year in the United States, that is a very large number of accidents caused by texting and driving.
According to information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 19 are approximately three times more likely to become injured or killed in an auto accident. A time of year referred to as the “100 deadliest days” in the United States is the time between Memorial and Labor day. The regular number of accidents involving teenage drivers rises about 15% this time of the year.
Teenage drivers who received their license in the past six months are the most vulnerable to collisions. Shortly after passing your drivers test, you may remain unsure and nervous about operating a motor vehicle on an active roadway. This can lead to an accident.
Considering these facts, it is in a young person’s best interest to practice, practice, practice. Increasing your experience can only lead to better driving skills, as long as you are following the rules and laws of the roadway and considering all of your surroundings at all times.
Friends in the Car
Being a teenager often means hanging out with friends, going places, and doing things. Getting your license can be a very exciting time for your friend group, but it can also be very dangerous. According to information provided by the Center for Disease Control, the risk of becoming involved in an accident is increased for a teenager if they have their friends in the car with them. The risk for distraction rises, which in turn heightens the risk for collision.
Young drivers can benefit from driving alone for approximately six months after getting their license, or with a responsible adult present. This allows for an adjustment period which can greatly increase their safety on the roadway.
Our Law Firm is Here for You
The Law Office of Jason Skala has been successfully protecting the rights of those injured in negligently caused accidents for years. We possess the skill and experience needed in order to get our clients the justice and compensation they may deserve after their involvement and/or injury in an accident that was no fault of their own.
Becoming injured in an auto accident can be a stressful time in your life. You may be suffering with immense pain due to your injury, and you may be forced out of work for a prolonged period in order to successfully recover. You could be owed compensation for certain damages that resulted from your crash, such as lost wages and medical bills, to name a few.
Contact Jason Skala at 907-569-6633 in order to be connected with a knowledgeable attorney who will be able to help you better understand the legal process as well as what rights you are able to exercise in order to collect just financial compensation. Call our law firm today or contact us via our website.