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Teen drivers: why are they more likely to get injured in a crash?

| Oct 2, 2020 | Car Accidents |

Washington parents have most likely tried their best to protect their children from all sorts of dangers as they grow up, which is why handing them the car keys might be a frightening prospect for them. Even though teens learn how to drive from experienced drivers, the reality is that their inexperience makes them more susceptible to getting injured in a car accident.

New drivers have a learning curve

A teen’s inexperience makes them more vulnerable to getting distracted behind the wheel. One in three teens have admitted to texting while behind the wheel. This increases their risk of crashing by 23 times and dialing a phone number while driving increases the risk of crashing by six times. By taking a driver’s eyes, mind and hands off the wheel, a teen driver is more likely to be unable to respond to a change in road conditions and brake or change lanes in a timely fashion.

However, texting and driving is not the only distraction teens face. At this early stage of driving, they can even be distracted by other passengers in the car or while changing the radio or song in the car. Teens often use their morning to drink coffee or apply makeup and when done behind the wheel, these mundane activities can become dangerous.

The possible results of poor driving habits

Due to their lack of experience on the road and their willingness to take more risks on the road, such as speeding, driving while under the influence and neglecting to wear a seatbelt, teens are more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Unfortunately, when any driver engages in risky behavior on the road, he or she puts everyone on the road at risk. Teens might be more likely to get injured in such accidents, as they might not be able to react appropriately to protect themselves. Accident victims might be able to hold the other party accountable for their negligent driving through a personal injury lawsuit.