Congress has been considering a bill called the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) since 2011 that would impose on all states minimum graduated driver's license (GDL) regulations for teen drivers. These rules phase in driving privileges for inexperienced young drivers and have successfully reduced teen auto accidents.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a teen driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in a Clayton County auto accident you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
The STANDUP Act is intended to reduce the number of auto accidents involving teen drivers by implementing a national standard that has been effective in some states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,000 new teen drivers age 16 to 19 are killed and 350,000 people in the same age range are injured annually in auto accidents. Eight teenagers are in fatal auto accidents each day.
According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), inexperienced teen drivers are responsible for a disproportionate number of auto accidents and fatalities. Teenage drivers between the ages of 16-19 are involved in four times as many accidents as more experienced drivers. Accident frequency appears directly related to age and experience; the youngest and most inexperienced drivers (16-year-olds) are involved in twice as many accidents as 18- and 19-year-old drivers.
The STANDUP Act would allow driving privileges in three stages for people under the age of 21: learner's permit, intermediate licensing stage and unrestricted driver's license. A learner's permit could be acquired at age 16 and an intermediate license at age 18.
The Act also requires nighttime teen driving restrictions and restrictions on transporting passengers. Those without an unrestricted license could not transport more than one non-family member unless there is a licensed driver over age 21 in the car. Those without an unrestricted license would be prohibited from any non-emergency cell phone or electronic device use while driving. Other restrictions could also be added including delay of an unrestricted license for traffic violations like speeding, DUI, DWI, reckless driving, age misrepresentation or seat belt violations.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a teen driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.