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Understanding the risks for teenage drivers

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Driving is a significant milestone for teenagers, marking newfound independence and freedom. However, along with this privilege comes great responsibility. Young drivers should recognize the risks associated with getting behind the wheel.

Distractions while driving

Teens have three times the number of motor vehicle accidents than those over 20. Whether texting friends, adjusting the radio or interacting with passengers, distractions significantly increase the likelihood of accidents. According to recent studies, distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes among teens.


Speeding is another common problem among teenage drivers. The thrill of driving fast can be enticing, but it also greatly increases the chances of accidents. Statistics show that speeding is a contributing factor in a significant portion of teen-related crashes.

Inexperience with driving situations

Inexperience is a significant risk factor for teenage drivers. Unlike seasoned drivers, teens may lack the skills and judgment to handle various driving situations. This lack of experience can lead to errors in judgment and poor decision-making on the road. Teens can overestimate the distance needed to pass a car or freeze when facing a new situation they have not seen before.

Driving at night

Reduced visibility and the presence of other impaired or fatigued drivers make nighttime driving particularly dangerous for inexperienced drivers. Statistics show that a disproportionate number of teen-related accidents occur during evening hours and after sunset.

Impaired driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a dangerous decision that tragically claims many lives each year. Impaired driving significantly impairs judgment, coordination and reaction time, leading to devastating consequences on the road. When teens drive impaired, their inexperience is already a risk that gets heightened with impairment.

Safety should always be the top priority when operating a vehicle, especially for teen drivers. If your teen is in an accident, talking to a qualified personal injury lawyer can help you understand the potential options available to help with injuries and aftercare.