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Teen drivers more likely to be involved in a car accident

There are many reasons why teen drivers in West Virginia and elsewhere are more at risk for involvement in a crash. Due to a lack of experience and a tendency to distraction, teenage drivers are far more likely to be involved in a car accident than any other age group. Troubling statistics indicate that many teens pose a danger to themselves as well as others on the road.

An examination of accident statistics from across the country indicate that drivers ages 16 to 17 face a risk of a car accident that is 50 percent higher than drivers in the 35 to 49 age bracket. There is a startlingly high number of teenagers involved in fatal accidents, and it is believed that many factors contribute to these numbers. These factors include having a passenger in the car, driving at a high rate of speed and late-night driving. 

Parents bear the responsibility of ensuring that their children are trained and ready to drive before they are allowed to drive independently. Of the parents polled, only a few said that they trained their teenager to safely maneuver complex situations behind the wheel, including driving on unfamiliar roads or in bad weather. Others stated that they were uncomfortable with their teen driving in certain situations. 

A lack of training, distraction or other variables can lead to a car accident that can impact an innocent West Virginia family forever. Even if the responsible driver was a teenager, other parties may be liable for any pain, suffering and damages. A lawyer can determine if the owner of the vehicle and/or another party could be named in a lawsuit filed by a victim seeking compensatory damages.

Source: ncadvertiser.com, "Info and tips for safe teen driving", Leon M. Krolikowski, Dec. 18, 2015

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