New York Teen Car Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of teen drivers being involved in a car accident is 30% higher than for older drivers. The risk is particularly high the first 3 months after the teen has received his or her driver’s license. Furthermore, if there are teen passengers in the vehicle with the teen driver, the risk of an accident is higher than if the teen is driving alone or with an adult. Despite the New York graduated license program, teen drivers still present a significant risk of causing accidents. Victims of teen car accidents can be both passengers riding with the teen and occupants of other vehicles. Such victims often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, broken or crushed bones, lacerations from broken glass, or a back or spinal cord injury. These types of injuries involve long recovery times, with the victim being unable to work for weeks or even months. However, under New York law victims of car accidents are allowed to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a car accident caused by a teen driver it is important to contact an experienced New York Teen Car Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your losses is held accountable. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries your doctor commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your car accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.Common causes of teen car accidents
The fact that teen drivers are relatively inexperienced makes it more likely that they will make driving errors. Teens also tend to make risky driving decisions. Contributing factors in teen accidents often include:
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Texting and driving
- Being distracted by other teens in the car
- Operating an unsafe vehicle
In addition, unsupervised teen drivers and passengers are less likely to use seatbelts than older drivers. This means that when a teen driver is involved in a collision, there is a greater likelihood that both the driver and the teen passenger will suffer severe injuries.Pursuing a claim
If the negligence of a teen driver caused an accident that resulted in your injuries, you can pursue a claim against that person for damages. The types of compensation that you may be able to recover if you file a claim against the negligent person include:
- Medical expenses. The person responsible for the accident that caused your injuries may be required to pay for your medical expenses. This would include medical bills you accumulated prior to filing your claim as well as future medical expenses related to the treatment of your injury.
- Lost wages. Even a relatively minor accident may cause you to miss time at work. The person responsible may be required to pay the wages you lost. If you end up using earned sick days or vacation days, you may be entitled to receive compensation for those days. Furthermore, if as a result of your injury your earning potential declined, you may be able to recover damages for loss of future earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering. Another potential source of damages that you may be entitled to receive is pain and suffering. In the context of a personal injury claim, pain and suffering refers to physical pain as well as emotional distress.
- Property damage. The person whose negligence caused the accident may also be responsible for damage to your vehicle or other property.
- Wrongful death. If a loved was killed in the car accident, you may be able to pursue damages through a wrongful death action.
Keep in mind that just like all other New York drivers, teen drivers are required to be insured. If you have been injured by a teen driver, you have the right to pursue compensation through his or her auto liability insurance.New York Teen Car Accidents Lawyer
Just like any other car accident, a car accident involving a teen driver can be complicated, and stressful. To ensure the best outcome possible, it is important that you are represented by someone with experience. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience successfully representing clients injured car accidents, truck accidents as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.