Massachusetts has a high number of schools, which draws many young people to the state. Teenage drivers are abundant on Massachusetts's roads. These drivers are also involved in a disproportionate amount of automobile crashes. Whether you are in a vehicle with a teenage driver or in another vehicle, you could become the victim of an automobile accident with a teenage driver. In the United States, 40% of teenager deaths are caused by automobiles. The risk of accidents is highest among 16-19 year old drivers than with any other age group, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. About 34% of 16 year olds were involved in crashes, about 18% of 17 year olds, and 14% of 18 year olds.
The common causes of accidents with teenage drivers include texting, speeding, and racing. Teenage drivers often engage in these activities and behaviors at a disproportionately high rate compared to adult drivers. Numerous reasons are behind the high number of auto accidents with teenage drivers. Teenage drivers are usually less experienced than adult drivers because they have not been driving as long. Additionally, teenagers are adolescents with still-developing brains. Because their frontal lobes are not fully developed, their impulse control is weaker than adults. Teenagers also have a harder time resisting peer pressure or thrill-seeking behaviors. Obviously, not all teenage drivers behave recklessly or drive in a reckless or negligent way; however, a number of them do. This reckless or negligent driving can cause injury to themselves, passengers in their cars, or persons in a car involved in a crash caused by them. Sometimes, these accidents even lead to death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident involving a teenage driver, you could be entitled to compensation for medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitative care, and other damages. Anyone involved in an accident with a teenage driver should contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure they have the necessary documents and have taken the necessary steps to receive any compensation to which he or she is entitled. Massachusetts Attorney Cappetta is a diligent attorney and an experienced negotiator who may be able to help you secure compensation for your injuries if you have been involved in an accident with a teenage driver. Attorney Cappetta is a tough negotiator who can work to get you a favorable settlement. If a favorable settlement cannot be reached, Attorney Cappetta can advocate for you at trial to secure a favorable result for you. Contact Attorney Cappetta today if you have been involved in an automobile accident with a teenage driver and have suffered injuries as a result.