Driving is the biggest cause of deaths amongst teenagers in the country, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention factsheet. However, when a teenage driver has an accident, they often hit other cars, injuring or killing their occupants, too.
These are some of the reasons that teenage drivers cause accidents:
- Speeding: Whether you grew up watching Steve MacQueen or Vin Diesel, blasting down the highway, weaving in and out of other cars, is something that many teenage boys grow up dreaming of.
- Drinking: Drinking is another thing that many teenage boys aspire to. Again it can be seen as a cool thing to do. Despite countless campaigns highlighting just how dangerous it can be, drunk driving is still behind many car accidents caused by teenage drivers.
- Showing off: When there is more than one teenager in the car, the risk of an accident increases. Whether you blame the driver for showing off or the passengers for egging the driver on, the fact is, if you see a car full of teenage boys, you may want to keep your distance.
- Lack of experience: Driving is like any other skill. It takes hours of practice to master. Passing your driving test does not mean you are a skilled driver; it means you have met the minimum standards. A teenager has not put in the driving hours of a more experienced adult.
- Lack of judgment: Making wise decisions is something you get better at with time. It requires maturity, which many teenage boys lack.
If you have suffered a car accident in Mississippi, which was caused by a teenage driver, seeking legal advice can make clear your options to claim for any damages and injuries.