Teenage drivers tend to cause disproportionately more accidents than other drivers considering the number of teenage drivers on the road. If you have been involved in an accident with a teen driver, then you should consider the following things as potential causes of the accident.
Driving too fast is always dangerous for all motorists; however, it's even more dangerous for teenage drivers due to their inexperience. For example, an inexperienced driver who encounters a road obstruction at 80 mph is more likely to make a mistake than an experienced driver who finds themselves in the same situation. Therefore, if you have been injured by a teenage driver, you should check whether they were driving too fast just before the accident.
Distraction is another thing that can cause an accident both in the young and the old. Again, however, the young are more likely to be distracted than experienced drivers. The risk of a teenage driver getting distracted is even higher if they have passengers of the same age range in the vehicle with them. Goofing around and cracking jokes can easily trigger a teen driver accident. Therefore, the issue of distraction is another thing to check on if you were injured by a teenage driver.
Overcompensating in Emergencies
Sooner or later, every driver encounters a road emergency that requires quick thinking and action to avoid. It may be a driver who breaks without warning or a driver who swerves onto an adjacent lane without warning. Unfortunately, many teens don't have the experience and presence of mind to navigate such emergencies safely. It is common, for example, for teen drivers to oversteer in the opposite direction if their car swerves. This is also something to look into if involved in a car accident with a teen driver.
Driving While Exhausted
Driving while exhausted or sleepy is dangerous for all motorists including adult or experienced ones. Unfortunately, teenage drivers are more likely to be exhausted than their adult counterparts, and there are two main reasons for this. First, teenagers tend to be more active than adults, and the hyperactivity exhausts their bodies. Secondly, teenage bodies need more sleep than adults, but many teenagers also stay up late. This dangerous combination means you should know what the teenage driver was up to during the hours leading up to the accident. This will help you figure out the true cause of the crash.
All motorists, including teenage drivers, must take responsibility for their actions on the road. Therefore, you can recover your damages from a teenage driver as long as you can prove their liability for your accident. For more information, contact a law firm like Steeg & Glista PC.