Teen Drivers Pose a Serious Risk on the Road
When a group of Ohio teens packed themselves into an SUV, they were only looking to have a good time. But the 19-year-old behind the wheel was driving erratically at speeds over twice the legal limit. When the SUV rounded the bend known as “Dead Man's Curve,” it hit a guardrail, rolled and landed upside-down in a pond. Two passengers managed to escape, but five passengers and the driver were killed in the crash.
When teens get in the driver’s seat, it can be a life-or-death situation. Teen drivers can think the roads are like those in the video games. However, a crash can have real consequences, such as injury, death — or prison.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as drivers from other age groups. Due to their inexperience and immaturity, they often engage in risk-taking practices such as:
- Excessive speeding
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while distracted, such as cell phone use or texting
- Driving without wearing a seat belt
Further, in a multitude of circumstances, the parents of a teen driver can be held civilly liable for the acts of their teen driver. If you’re the parent of a teen driver, make sure they know the possible repercussions of dangerous driving. A crash can result in injury, disability or death, and it can lead to a costly civil lawsuit. Whether you’re the victim or an alleged wrongdoer, a Tulsa car accident attorney can review your situation and advise you of your rights. At The Barkett Law Firm, we’re here to help.