Teen Driving Accidents

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Welcome to the successful ELFPI.com. Distracted driving accidents cause many bus, truck, SUV, and motorcycle wrecks. Our Los Angeles distracted driving lawyers have witnessed it. And a real threat comes from distracted teen drivers.

New teen drivers can share the roadways with other drivers. But even though legal, they have a lot to learn. They haven't become adults. But they are no longer little kids. All things considered, they can cause tragic road accidents.

Most of all, crashes are the leading cause of death in the US for teens. Car crashes cause close to 36% of all teen deaths. Each year at least 5,000 teenagers aged 15-19 die.

Driving involves coordination of hands, eyes, and vision. But it also requires reflexes based on muscle memory. And anything that distracts your vision or thoughts from the road can cause a wreck.

Above all, grabbing phones or pressing and turning radio dials is bad. It can cause you to remove one or both hands off the steering wheel. And that is a bad idea for adults and American teens.

Teens Account for Majority of all Car Accident Deaths.

Most teens don't die from drugs, suicide, gangs, or shootings. NHTSA statistics show car accidents cause most teen fatalities ages 15-20. (Source). In fact, they account for one-third of deaths in that age group.

Many teens die in speeding cars, or from street racing. Most accidents take place after teens become distracted by friends. But the radio or CD player is also a culprit. Text messages and mobile cell phone calls are big distractions.

Making matters worse, youngsters can be in an upheaval. Many want their freedom. But they are also reliant on the security of their parents. So they have little life experience. Because of this, these young men and women may fail to drive safe. And this is despite taking basic driver training and education.

Some Road Accident Avoidance Requires Life Experience.

Sure, teen car drivers pass a test to obtain a license to drive. But driving good takes a lot. A permit and ultimately, a driver's license is part of it. Unfortunately, some things can't be taught in a class. Some things must become experienced first hand.

It will require a lot of hands-on experience. Developing driver skills is critical to accident avoidance.

And some immature drivers do bad things. Despite their youth, they are accountable to others hurt on the roads.

Ehline Law Firm's advocates have years of experience as elite attorneys. Also, they have achieved millions in verdicts and settlements. So we can competently assist the families, occupants, and fellow motorists.

In fact, anyone injured as a result of a reckless driver is a potential client. Because of our past, we have the skills necessary to extract the largest monetary award. We fight to make it happen for the ones left alive.

So by skillfully representing our clients, we are shining a public spotlight. And this is on the dangers of distracted driving. Simultaneously, we are holding negligent drivers accountable for their negligence.

With millions recovered for badly hurt victims, we are no joke. We will do whatever it takes to get our clients justice.

Ehline Has Won Industry Accolades as a Top Distracted Driving Lawyer.

Our lead attorney has won industry-wide recognition from peers and clients alike. And he is ready to put that experience and winning formula to work for minors and adults. Also, we do so in a wide variety of teen driving incidents.

Call, or keep on reading to learn the ropes. Learn about the unique problems attributed to teen driving calamities. The toll-free number is (888) 400-9721.

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The Top Distractions Causing Teen Driving Accidents.

Teens can think they will live forever. They may try and impress their companions and peers with feats of strength and skill. Some teens are still in their rebellious stage.

And no one, even the police, are going to tell them what to do. That is the reality. Other times, they are aloof and don’t have enough real-world experience. Many don't grasp the fragility of life.

And personal responsibility is something they are only learning. So they don't take safe driving as seriously as a mature, working adult. Of course, many live at home with mom and dad.

These are young men and women spreading their wings. But teens are accustomed to texting and chatting on their handhelds all the time. So the urge to respond or call someone back can be a sensory overload. Also, driving and phones are unsafe even if in hands-free mode.

Texting and Driving Is a Major Cause of Teen Driver Distraction.

Distracted driving accidents cause many cars, truck, motorcycle, and bus accidents in the U.S. Besides overcrowding, and merely acting cool; texting has become a real problem. For less experienced drivers, all these distractions make safe driving even harder.

Although the chances are that your kid is a better texter than you, is a trade-off. After all, you can drive better.

New Legal Theories - Suing Teens for Texting and Driving.

All the humor aside, teens, texting, and driving is a problem at a national level. Increases in the popularity of "smartphones" has only made matters worse. So then we are facing multiple parties conversing and driving.

But we are also seeing a massive increase in teens answering and reading texts, emails, and Snapchats. All this time, these youngsters are operating motor vehicles.

So we have the increased risk of deadly cell phone car wrecks on highways. And despite legislation and public education, these accidents are only rising.

New Theory of Liability?

In one New Jersey teen driving accident, text messaging was involved. In that case, the plaintiff brought a lawsuit against the teenage driver. But he also sued the land-based girlfriend who was the other text messenger.

In that case, the plaintiff then argued the other texter knew the teen was driving. It was debated back then that she was responsible for the distraction.

We are also seeing examples of plaintiffs suing the person sending the text message since they knew or should have known the driver was reading the texts instead of watching the road.

And this is only one example of how plaintiffs are becoming creative. That way, they get the most leverage if seeking money damages.

Teen Vehicle Crash Statistics.

These type of accidents are the primary cause of death for U.S. citizens eight to 34 years old. The NHTSA says one distraction while driving death happens every 12 to 15 minutes. And the collateral damage injures at least 2.5 million each year.

Most of all, crashes are the leading cause of death in the US for teens. Car crashes cause close to 36% of all teen deaths. Each year at least 5,000 teenagers aged 15-19 die. (See CDC Website).

This age group is at a higher risk than any other age group of drivers. And for each mile driven, teens between 16 to 19 are four times more likely to crash. In the United States, teens equal about 10 percent of the population. Male and female drivers below 24 cause close to 30% of all accidents.

Common Distractions that Teens, In Particular, Should Avoid if Driving:

  • Drivers, including teenagers, should avoid eating and driving. Only one hand is on the steering wheel. So it is dangerous.
  • Don't play the radio loud. That creates a distraction and blocks hearing warnings. So now you cannot detect vehicle horns or sirens from emergency vehicles.
  • Stay off cell phones if driving. Turn the phone off until you reach your destination.
  • Refuse to text and drive or read text messages.
  • Don't pick something up that falls on the seat or floor if driving. Wait until the vehicle is idle.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel and don't take your eyes off of the road.
  • New drivers should avoid transporting vehicle passengers. Since this may cause a distraction, it is unwise.
  • Stop adjusting the radio, heater, air conditioning, and mirrors if driving.

Supervening, intervening causes of these wrecks can come into play. These include defective car parts. And they involve roadways in need of repair. But I am failing to perceive these threats or to take evasive action in negligence.

For example, teen drivers can lose control and hit a power pole. And this is common after skidding on road debris. But this is something an experienced driver would avoid. Many cases have vehicles colliding with animals and pedestrians.

And others have teens crashing into stationary obstructions like trees.

Driving Tips for Teenagers.

The first year a teenager drives a car is when they are likely to be in in a crash.

And here are some tips to help young drivers avoid a crash and drive safer:

  • Drivers and passengers should wear seatbelts. It is the law. Also, it is a way to reduce injuries in a collision.
  • Refuse to allow extra passengers in the vehicle if they exceed the number of seatbelts.
  • Make sure the windshield is clean both during daytime driving and night driving. Reflections from the sun or headlights on a dirty windshield can result in momentary blindness.
  • During daytime, driving, wear sunglasses to avoid being blinded by the sun.
  • Wear prescription glasses or contacts.
  • At intersections before going on a green light, make sure it is clear of vehicles before proceeding.
  • Come to a complete stop at stop signs and lights before proceeding to ensure it is safe.
  • Use turn signals if turning or changing lanes. Do so early enough to warn other drivers of the planned maneuver.
  • Obey speed limits. Remember that the higher the speed, the less time there will be to react or stop. Your speed rate is one of the most significant factors in teenage driver accidents.
  • Respect the other drivers on the road. Don't drive like you are the only vehicle on the road.
  • Refuse to drive and take drugs. Even if they are over the counter medicines, many pharmaceuticals cause drowsiness.
  • Don't drink alcohol and drive. It illegal to operate a motor vehicle if drinking. And it can inhibit proper reaction time. At no time should you ride with anyone who has been drinking? Instead, take a taxi or bus. Maybe call your parents for a ride?
  • Forget about driving with an empty gas tank. If so, it could stall in traffic and damage parts. Gas lines and motor can get fouled.
  • Ensure the headrest of the seat is adjusted correctly behind your head. A headrest behind your neck can cause whiplash if you crash.
  • Keep your eyes off of the roadway. It is only a matter of seconds to death. This lessened time to react is due to shortened stopping distance from speed.

Foolish Mistakes Teens Make that Increase Risks of Injury Post Car Accident.

The sad truth is many teenaged drivers and occupants don’t wear seatbelts. This remains foolish for two reasons: (1) You cannot collect full damages. (Source.)

Note that the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Veh. Code, § 27315) applies only to persons 16 years or older. (Veh. Code, § 27315(d)(1).). No case law exists that people under 16 have fault for failing to wear a seatbelt.

(2) Occupants who don’t wear restraining devices make injuries worse. What could have been whiplash may now be a ruptured disc. Or it could cause lacerations and head injuries. And getting being launched through the windshield happens a lot. Everything becomes worse than it may have been.

Of course, the law mandates that negligent parties be held accountable. But failing to wear a seatbelt can severely limit their legal and financial liability.

Contact a lawyer after a wreck and learn more in-depth. This way, you can protect your potential case. And you can determine what your rights are. Feel free to call us for your risk and hassle-free consultation. Dial (888) 400-9721, or use online our contact form here.

Further Information About Injuries and Death Claims from California Motoring Accidents.

After teens get are hurt in severe crashes, mom, dad, and siblings really through a hard time. Worse, after a coma or fatality takes place, it is a crushing blow to the survivors.

Usually, the pain is excruciating and indescribable. Sometimes the killer is transporting the decedent’s childhood friend home. So the one who caused the accident could be a friend of the surviving family in some way.

This can make delicate matters worse for all those involved. An intervenor can be necessary. And this can help deal with the victim’s parents, and vice-versa. As a plaintiff suing the teen driver’s family, you want help.

So to turn the matter over to a legal counselor. But it should be a person who emphasizes his or her role as a “counselor.”

And this advocate must have great people skills. That way, the lawyer can interface with victims who are laypeople. His training lets him also speak the language of courts. Also, insurance adjusters and defense lawyers respect him.

Those people are trained pros. So your agent must have a keen expert ability.

Grieving Victims Need Legal Help.

As you are grieving, the case needs attention. You cannot do it. People can barely function at this point in the weeping phase. But despite the tragedy, people must set emotions aside for at least a few minutes to make a phone call. Then they can speak to a lawyer to get legal help. After all, this is no ordinary situation.

At any rate, this is a matter involving one of your own. You need an ardent, steadfast advocate with a reputation for being aggressive. But we are also extremely gentle and diplomatic. And this is the only way to woo all sides to negotiate a resolution.

Ehline Law Firm admires in the personal injury law field. Because of our active service to less fortunate victims in cases like yours, we have become experts. We are a favored source of representation for new and old clients alike for this very reason.

Also, after you hire us, we start investigating and negotiating. And, if necessary, we start litigating and trying your claim. Survivor or wrongful death victim, our steadfast demeanor works to your benefit.

Also, we will use our knowledge of the legal process. And we will jockey to position your case for the best outcome. Putting proven talent like this to work for you is crucial. And it is a necessary part of a successful injury case.

Michael Ehline, our lead attorney, has kids himself. So he knows the deposed teen defendant will likely “zip his lips.” But this is typical teenage social behavior if in trouble. So a lawyer is needed who has life experience with kids. The counselor should put them at ease. Then they will feel comfortable telling the truth.

Kids Won't Usually Admit it Was Their Fault.

Initially, the deponent may be afraid. Maybe his peers could find out what he said. Or he may fear punishment by his parents, since their assets may be at risk. Saying the wrong thing could separate him from the love of his family. Remember, these are kids. And they haven't been on their own yet.

A proven negotiator gets to the bottom of the accident. This will take some finessing. But Ehline has the skill to get to the truth of the matter. Most teenage driving accidents include a bond or insurance. Sometimes the coverage is expired. So that places the parent’s assets at risk.

In some cases, we have opened homeowners’ policies. Examples include people on foot getting run over. And we have had luck opening up commercial policies. Sometimes we bring in the city, county, or state as defendants.

No matter what, if insurance is involved, the other side will have trained help. Usually, your opponent will have expensive defense attorneys.

Other times they use dedicated house counsel. These pros will try and shift blame to someone, anyone. No attorney means no complete recovery.

A Hard Charging Lawyer Can Make It Happen for Victims.

You need a hard-charging legal advocate at every stage of the case. Your personal injury attorney must be able to fight hard.

Unless your counsel has the qualities, a winner seeks, good luck getting paid. Ehline Law Firm possesses all these needed qualities. Our talented injury lawyers can make hard cases seem simple. We have the know-how to get you the most for your situation.

What Other Parties May Liable for a Teen Driving Accident?

The harm caused can surpass the insurance coverage. In some cases, we file a claim against the parents or guardians.

It could be the case that the teen was on the clock at work for the parent. And the youth could be under the supervision of an instructor. Maybe the parent is in charge? Perhaps that instruction or guidance led to the accident? Our excellent lawyers will leave no stone unturned.

So we will look to identify every detail. Perhaps that could lead to other money for you. If the evidence shows it, we can sue the parents too. We make them pay up. As discussed earlier, other parties may have played a role.

So they can be jointly and severally liable to you. Also, our firm has had success in these types of situations. And we will go the extra mile for you. We take steps to locate all appropriate parties as co-defendants.

Don’t be a Dupe. Hire a Lawyer That Does Cases Like this for a Living.

Refuse to waste your valuable time. And hire the one that files these lawsuits all the time. Make sure Ehline Law Firm is the one you hire. And we have the financial resources to take on a case like yours. And we can do so from insurance claim to verdict. So if you suffered a teenage driving mishap, we are here to help.

We will give you a free, private consultation right over the phone. Also, we give you hope. With adverse changes in your life, it gets better with us at your side. Injured Greater Los Angeles accident victims should call us.

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