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Teen drivers and the increased risk of a car wreck

West Virginia readers know that driving can be hazardous, especially when those behind the wheel are inexperienced or lack training in real world driving situations. Teen drivers are often too young and lack the training to properly operate a vehicle and safely share the road with others, but many parents still let their children behind the wheel before they are ready. Statistics indicate that teen drivers are at an increased risk for a car wreck. Parents are responsible for teaching safe driving habits.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that one of the best ways to teach safe driving with teenage drivers is for parents to exhibit safe driving practices themselves. It is also important to establish a list of rules that teen drivers must follow. In addition to understanding the dangers of distracted driving, teens should be prepared to drive in bad weather and heavy traffic before they are allowed to drive independently.

Distracted driving is a problem on the roads of West Virginia and across the country, but it is particularly prevalent among teen drivers. Talking to passengers, changing the radio station and texting are some of the most common sources of distracted driving. Parents bear the responsibility of ensuring that their teen drivers understand the dangers of reckless or negligent driving.

There is nothing that can undo the damage done in a car wreck, but a personal injury claim can help an injured individual pursue a rightful recovery. Even if a teen driver caused the accident, the registered owner of the vehicle may also be named as a defendant in any civil claim for damages. A case evaluation can help identify all parties who may bear responsibility and what options for financial relief may be available.

Source: nhtsa.gov, "Teen Drivers - Parents & Teens", Accessed on Jan. 4, 2016

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