Teens and Driving – The Facts

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The link below is an occurrence that unfortunately has been happening more often across the nation and in CT.  Too often young children are operating fast vehicles, though the law does not permit them to drive by themselves or with others in the car when they are at a young age or have only their learner’s permit.  Their operating of a motor vehicle ends up causing serious injuries or death to themselves and other innocent parties. The parents need to intervene and stop these needless deaths or injuries from occurring, as the law can only go so far to try to protect society and these youths from themselves.

 

Don’t Blame Unlicensed Teen Driver For Killing 4 People

http://gothamist.com/2012/10/11/unlicensed_teen_driver_who_killed_4.php

 

 

Teen age drunk driving:

 

What do you think is the leading cause of teenage deaths annually? If you said “drugs,” you’d be wrong. If you said “guns and firearms,” you’d be wrong. If you said “gang violence,” you’d be wrong. If you said “suicide,” you’d be wrong.

As a leading Connecticut car accident law firm, we can tell you: It’s car accidents involving teenage drivers. According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has documented that more than 2,000 teenagers die in car accidents annually and approximately 200,000 more suffer various types of injuries. Aside from the 2,000 killed each year, more than 5,000 additional teenagers are involved but not killed in fatal accidents. Worse, it’s also more likely that teenage drivers will end up killing the passengers in their vehicles, rather than themselves, when they are involved in a collision.

Why is all this true? For A variety of reasons that, unfortunately aren’t surprising: In general, most teenagers think they are invincible. More specifically, the following facts make teenage driving especially dangerous:

  • The first reason? Texting and cell phone use when driving. A deadly combination.
  • They are very prone to drive while drunk or to ride as passengers in a vehicle when the driver has been drinking.
  • They lack driving experience, which limits their ability to respond rapidly and safely to other drivers or to react appropriately to negative weather conditions.
  • They often drive with too many friends in the car and pay more attention to passengers inside the vehicle instead of other cars or hazards on the road.
  • And – believe it or not – many teenagers, when driving, actually listen to music using earpieces, with ipods and smartphones.

Also, many teenage drivers don’t wear their seatbelts, which only makes the injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident much worse than they might have otherwise been. What you should know immediately is that Connecticut law imposes legal and financial liability on the person who was responsible for these accidents. To learn more about what your legal rights to financial compensation are following a teen car accident, contact us today at Tindall Law Firm for a FREE consultation by calling 203 755-0018 or toll free at 866 488-8625 or email us at tavis@tindall-lawfirm. com and we will get right back to you .

CONNECTICUT PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS INVOLVING TEENAGERS

When a teenager suffers a serious injury in a car accident, it is especially difficult for a family to deal with. When a death occurs, it is indescribably painful for the parents and family members. Making matters even worse is that car accidents involving teenagers generally also involve friends of the teenager, and the families of those friends. Dealing effectively with the parents of such victims requires special understanding, and expert-level ability to guide them through the legal process involved. This situation demands aggressive litigation strategies, combined with tactical diplomacy, to achieve the best legal results possible.

At the Tindall Law Firm we know from successful experience what it takes to turn these cases into justice for our clients. Investigating and litigating a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a teenage driver in a car accident requires special investigative skills, legal talent, and even unusual social skills: Teenagers can be famous for “shutting up” when it comes to telling their stories, for fear they may be ostracized in their social circles for “saying the wrong thing” about what really happened. It takes experience and skill to get to the truth in these situations.

All legal claims stemming from teenage car accidents will involve automobile insurance policies on any vehicles in the accident. If your lawyer is not both extremely experienced and extremely successful at securing top dollar results in these cases, your case will suffer. We have that experience and and we know how to get top dollar results for our clients.

All of this can be very complicated. For a more personal, direct discussion, call us for a FREE CONSULTATION, AT PH 203 755-0018 or toll free at 866-488-8625 and we will be glad to speak with you. We will explain exactly what is involved in bringing claims for injuries involving teenage car accidents, and will answer all of your questions in detail

WHO IS LIABLE FOR DAMAGES WHEN A TEENAGE DRIVER IS IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

People who are injured by a teenage driver may make claims against the teen for damages, assuming, of course, they can prove that the teen driver was negligent. In what surprises a lot of people, teenage drivers are held to the same “reasonable person” legal standard of care when operating a motor vehicle as adults are held. As a result, teen drivers can be sued when they breach that legal standard. Importantly, since an insurance company will defend the teenage driver and pay for any damages or settlement if the case goes to court, the fact that it is a teenager being sued, and the fact that most teenagers have no assets, should not discourage any injury victim from suing. Further, most teens are on their parent’s insurance policy.

Sometimes, damages from the accident are more than the insurance policy limits provided by the teen driver’s insurer. In that event, it is often necessary to sue the parents of the teen, if evidence indicates that they were negligent in their supervision of the teen. Also, sometimes a third party (aside from the teen) either caused the accident or contributed in some way to it. In that event, a claim would need to be made against that driver. We know from successful experiencehow to identify the appropriate defendants in these types of situations. Please contact us to discuss these issues further at Tindall Law Firm, LLC 203 755-0018 or toll free 866 488-8625 or email us at tavis@tindall-lawfirm.com

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