Auto accidents involving teens are common, and the attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates in Albuquerque, NM have experience handling these types of cases. Sadly, auto accidents are a major cause of death for teenagers in the United States. It is estimated that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to get into an auto accident. Our attorneys have handled cases in which teenage drivers were the cause of a serious auto accident. If you were the injured party, we will work to ensure you receive adequate compensation.
Why Teen Auto Accidents Occur
Cars and teenagers can be a scary combination, and in some cases, even deadly. Why accidents and injuries occur when a teenager is driving varies for each situation, but is often due to:
- Distraction (texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio station, talking to friends)
- Alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Inability to recognize dangerous situations
- Environmental factors
Common Statistics to Know
As parents, knowing where your children are going, who they are riding with, and regularly checking to ensure your children are driving without distractions can help protect them and other drivers on the road. Before handing your keys over to your teenager, or allowing your child to ride as a passenger with a teenage driver, you should be aware of some frightening, yet very real statistics:
- Male teen drivers are one and a half times more responsible than females for causing a fatal auto accident
- Male drivers are more prone to drink and drive, speed, and not wear their seat belts
- Over 30 percent of high school students nationwide have texted or emailed while driving
- Talking on a cellphone significantly decreases reaction times and doubles a teen’s chances of having an auto accident
- Over 55 percent of teens have admitted to talking on a cellphone while driving
- Over 35 percent of teens between the ages of 16 and 17 have admitted to texting and driving
- Nearly 50 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 17 have been riding in a car when a teenage driver was texting
- Over 10 percent of auto accident fatalities as a result of distraction involved teenagers between the ages of 15 to 19
- Nearly 10 percent of teens admitted to driving after drinking alcohol
- Nearly 60 percent of teen drivers in fatal drinking and driving auto accidents didn’t wear their seat belt
Contact Us Today
Even when proper protocol is followed and you have trained your teenager as best as possible, auto accidents can still happen. If your teenager was involved in a serious or fatal accident, it’s important to hire a knowledgeable lawyer with your best interests in mind.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, our attorneys at Will Ferguson & Associates will work with you to ensure you and your family receives adequate compensation for the losses and injuries experienced. To schedule your consultation, you can reach us online or give us a call at (505) 243-5566.