Accident statistics do not paint young drivers in a very good light. For example, when you look at the age group that causes the most fatal accidents – or, at least, the highest percentage of fatal accidents – you’ll find that it belongs to those between 16 and 19 years old. Teenagers have a reputation for being dangerous drivers and they pay more for car insurance as a result.
Much of this, however, is not their fault. The issue is just that they lack experience, and they have no way to gain it but to practice driving. They often become much safer drivers very quickly, with a notable uptick in safety as they move into their 20s. But what are some of the mistakes they tend to make when they’re young? Here are three:
1. Driving recklessly
In some cases, young people will engage in reckless driving activities, such as street racing or aggressive passing. Often, this is just because they do not yet fully grasp the ramifications of a mistake or the level of risk that they are creating.
2. Getting distracted
Distraction also plays a role, and not just with young drivers. But teens may easily get distracted by having friends in the car with them or by messages that come in on their cellphone. Any level of distraction makes an accident more likely.
3. Not understanding traffic laws
Finally, there are some situations that young drivers simply haven’t encountered yet. They may not fully understand how traffic laws work and could make avoidable errors. An example of this could be a driver who enters a roundabout at the wrong time simply because it’s their first encounter with a traffic circle.
Those who have been injured by the mistakes and negligent actions of these young drivers must know what legal options they have. You have every right to seek fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.