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HOUSTON TEEN ACCIDENT LAWYER

Posted on in Auto Accidents

The joy and excitement of obtaining a driver’s license can quickly turn into agony when a teenager is involved in an accident.

Teen drivers are often unaware of the risks and responsibilities that accompany the privilege of driving. Teen drivers are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations and their lack of driving experience can result in serious injuries to themselves and other motorists with whom they share the road.

Most car accidents involving teens are due to negligence. For instance, driving while talking on a cellphone, or while texting, speeding, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS AND STATISTICS ON ACCIDENTS INVOLVING TEENS IN THE UNITED STATES.

  • Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among teenagers in the United States.
  • Teens are 10 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than adults.
  • 11% of drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the country were between the ages of 15 and 20.
  • About 4,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes each year.
  • 43% of first-year drivers and 37% of second-year drivers are involved in some sort of motor vehicle accident.
  • About 3,000 teens (8 teens a day) die from DUI crashes every year.
  • 52% of teen-related motor vehicle accidents occur on weekends.
  • Only 65% of teen drivers wear a seatbelt constantly.
  • 8% of high-school students in the country have texted while driving.
  • 31% of all fatal teen accidents are caused by speeding.

LIABILITY IN AN TEEN ACCIDENT LAWSUIT.

Negligent drivers are held liable for motor vehicle accidents, but when the driver is a teenager, his or her parents may be held responsible. Most teenagers drive cars which are listed on their parents’ insurance policies.

State laws address financial liability for parents whose children cause injuries, damages to property, or even death. If a teenager has his or her own insurance, victims can file claims against the teenager’s separate policy.

Parents can be held liable under the theory of negligent entrustment when their teenage children cause accidents due to their recklessness.

MEASURES TO PREVENT TEEN CAR ACCIDENTS.

Car accidents involving teens are on the rise in the country. It has become necessary for parents to play an active role in preventing teen driving accidents.

Some measures that could save your teen from being involved in a fatal car crash include :

Encourage use of seatbelts.

Teenagers are least likely to wear seatbelts. Make sure teenagers make it a habit to wear safety belts since all drivers and their passengers are required to wear one by law

Reduce the number of passengers in the car.

Teenagers love to drive around with their friends. Statistics have revealed that the number of car accidents involving teenagers increase with each additional passenger.

Prohibit use of cell-phone.

Talking on the cellphone or texting while driving is now illegal in most of the states in the country. Use of cell phones should be for emergency purposes only. Teenagers should turn off their notifications before they start to drive. It is in their best interests to pull off the road safely if they have to make an emergency call.

Educate teenagers about the ill-effects of alcohol and drugs.

Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s judgement and slow down his or her reaction time. Remind your teenagers that it is illegal to consume alcohol and use illicit drugs before or while driving.

Set an example for the teenagers by practicing defensive driving.

Teenagers learn most of their driving from parents and try to emulate them. Parents should impart Defensive driving techniques – it is your best bet to protect yourself and your teenagers on the roadways. Some important defensive driving tips are:

  1. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Drive according to the weather. Weather can be a factor in many accidents, especially during winter.
  3. Always keep your eyes on the road ahead and hands on the wheel of your car.

WHY TEEN CAR INSURANCE RATES ARE SO HIGH?

Insurance companies play by the statistics and facts – and the statistics and facts are not in favor of teen drivers. Teenagers have worse driving records and higher accident rates. They tend to display impulsive and reckless behavior. Insurance companies view young drivers as potential problems to be dealt with in the future.

Many argue that age-based insurance pricing is a blatant form of discrimination by insurance companies. Insurance companies play their part in lowering accident rates by offering discounts to teenagers who have attended driver training courses and defensive driving training programs. Good students who maintain good grades are also offered discounts.

According to Insurance.com, one teenage driver in a one car household can raise monthly payments towards car insurance by 44%. If a family owns two cars, they have to pay 58% more.

COMPENSATION IN AN TEEN ACCIDENT CLAIM.

One of the most valuable benefits of hiring an experienced car accident lawyer is that he or she can unlock the true value of your case. Rather than relying on what you think you should get, a seasoned motor vehicle accident lawyer will calculate the value of your claim based on your financial losses and non-economic damages.

Damages that you may seek in a teen accident claim include:

  • Medical Bills.
  • Lost Wages.
  • Future earning capacity.
  • Damages suffered due to Pain and Suffering.
  • Damages suffered due to Emotional Distress.
  • Costs of future corrective surgeries.
  • Damages suffered due to loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Damages suffered due to loss of companionship.

PEOPLE WITH LAWYERS GET BETTER SETTLEMENTS AND FAVORABLE VERDICTS.

Without a good accident attorney by your side, your claim will not live up to it’s potential. Many people who try to settle their teen accident claims on their own do not get a fair deal from insurance companies. Due to lack of knowledge of legal procedures and errors in their claims, a case is over before it began for many victims who do not hire a personal injury attorney.

Just after your accident, when you should be focusing on healing and recovery, you are bombarded with calls, messages, and requests from insurance companies, police, doctors, and others which can be overwhelming and stressful.

An injury lawyer will perform the following duties while you focus on your rehabilitation and recovery:

  • Explain to you how the accident affects your legal rights.
  • Help you understand complicated legal procedures and interpret medical and insurance jargon for you.
  • Get through the maze of paperwork required in filing a claim. There are specific time limits, restrictions, and rules for filing a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney ensures that your claim is filed at the earliest in accordance with the Statute of Limitations prevailing in your state.
  • Help you decide your future course of action.

Although you could potentially obtain greater compensation in the form of a jury verdict, a trial can be a long process.

On an average, only 5% personal injury cases in the country go to trial. An experienced personal injury lawyer will assess your case and let you know your odds of being more successful going to trial versus achieving a quick settlement.

CONTACT A TEEN ACCIDENT LAWYER AT OUR FIRM.

We believe that legal representation should be available for all regardless of one’s financial standing. Our lawyers work on contingency basis which means we get paid only after having secured a favorable outcome in the case on your behalf. No legal fees until you have been compensated for damages suffered.

If you or your loved one has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of a teen driver, or you are the parents of a teenager involved in a car accident, you deserve to be duly compensated for the injuries suffered and other damages. Call an experienced car accident lawyer at our firm for a free case evaluation right away.

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