Learning to drive can be a truly thrilling rite of passage for a teenager. It is a mark of increased independence and responsibility that is often unparalleled until a young person turns 18 and is freed from the legal restrictions of childhood. Yet, simply because someone has been deemed eligible to drive doesn’t mean that they’re prepared to drive safely under all circumstances.
The inexperience of teen motorists is a liability because, until they have driven under a variety of conditions safely, they’re more likely to make mistakes that can lead to property damage, injury or both. This risk of making mistakes is elevated when distractions and unsafe situations abound. This reality is what causes the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year to be known as the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers.
Remaining vigilant is important
Teens and their parents need to be especially careful when these novice drivers hit the road during the summertime. Late nights, having too many peers in the car, digital distractions, driving in unfamiliar areas as adventure calls and a host of other factors contribute to the fact that this period of time is particularly dangerous for teens. Mitigating these challenges, when possible, can help to keep teen drivers – as well as those traveling around them – safer.
With all of this being said, teens can still find themselves injured and reeling from a crash caused by factors beyond their control. Because the aftermath of auto accidents is such a complex reality, it is generally a good idea for all injury victims to consider seeking legal guidance in the wake of a wreck, as they may be entitled to considerable compensation depending on the details of their case.