Getting a driver’s license is a milestone in almost every teenager’s life. The ability to drive provides teenagers with newfound independence and freedom, but also added responsibility. Unfortunately, the most inexperienced drivers also seem to be the ones who take the most risks while driving. If you have been injured in an accident involving a teen driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In order to determine whether you have a legal claim to assert, you should have you case reviewed by an experienced car accident attorney. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing the rights of people injured in car accidents in Georgia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of death for teens in the United States. While teen drivers as a group are at risk for car accidents, certain characteristics can make a teen at even higher risk. The groups of teens at especially high risk include:
- Males – the rate of fatalities for male drivers from 16 to 19 was almost twice as high as it was for females within the same group.
- Teens driving with passengers – the risk of a car accident increases when a teen is driving with passengers. This risk increases with the addition of more passengers.
In addition to the above groups, teens that are newly licensed are at especially high risk of being involved in an accident. This comports with data that indicates that one of the factors that make teens a high risk group is the fact that they are inexperienced drivers that are less able to recognize hazardous conditions.
Contact a Coweta County car accident attorney for a free consultation
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney to have your case reviewed. In addition to consulting with a Coweta County attorney, you should have a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible to accurately determine and document the extent of your injuries. Also, you should be aware that claims that arise from car accidents are governed by a strict statute of limitations, meaning that you have a limited amount of time in which to bring a claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999.