Teen Car Accidents
Almost all teenagers are eager to get their driver’s license. As most of us know, experiencing that freedom behind the wheel for the first time is exciting. However, young drivers, ages 15-20, are involved in three times as many fatal car accidents as all other drivers. It is very important that an experienced Chicago lawyer be brought into a case early. That way the investigation of the accident can be started immediately. With an investigation underway, witnesses can be located and interviewed, photographs and video of the scene and objects will be taken and the police report will be retrieved. All of which is of great help to the attorney assisting the injured in a teen car accident.
Primarily due to inexperience and immaturity, teens often make poor decisions behind the wheel. Teenage drivers are more inclined to speed, drink and drive, drive with too many passengers, use a cell phone and text while driving. Some teens drive illegally, without a valid Illinois driver’s license.
Each year more than 5,000 persons, ages 16-20 will die in car accidents. 400,000 teens will suffer some kind of injury due to a car accident. One and half times more male teen drivers are injured or killed than female teen drivers. Teen drivers are much more likely to be involved in a car crash than older United States drivers.
In addition to the horrific loss of life in these many car accidents, it has been shown that teen car accidents are very expensive to the public at-large. Car accidents generally are costly because of those seriously injured and the loss of life not to mention the property losses, medical expenses and insurance cost. One study shows that car accidents caused by drivers 24 years old and younger account for 30% of the total costs of car accidents in the United States, which amounts to about $1.9 billion.
In 2011 alone, 2,650 teenage drivers between the ages of 16-19 died in car accidents in the United States. That’s an alarmingly high number. In that same year 292,000 teenage drivers or passengers were treated for injuries in hospitals. Although younger drivers, including teen drivers 15-24 made up only 14% of the total population, these drivers at those ages accounted for more than 30% of the costs associated with car crashes.
At risk most often are male teenage drivers. They are much more likely to get involved in a car accident than teenage girls. In fact the rise in car accidents can be traced to teen drivers with teenage passengers as the most common scenario. In other words, teen drivers who are unsupervised by an adult are more likely to get involved in a car wreck. The likelihood of a car accident by a teenage driver is highest during first few months of the teen’s driver’s license eligibility.
Kreisman Law Offices understands teen car accidents can be a life shattering experience. With over 40 years of experience, the Chicago lawyers at Kreisman Law Offices will work closely with the victims and families to ensure that they receive compensation for injuries or death suffered because of the negligence of a young driver. Contact our Chicago office today at 312.346.0045 or toll free 800.583.8002 for a FREE attorney consultation or complete a contact form online.
Kreisman Law Offices also understands that there are plenty of responsible, safe teenage drivers on the roads. At Kreisman Law Offices, we will protect those safe drivers against unfair biases and prejudices teenage drivers often face due to their age and inexperience.
With various legal paths to consider in a personal injury or wrongful death claims, we will consider all possibilities and fight for a swift and just recovery. For example, a lawsuit may be filed against the vehicle owner, the driver, his or her insurance carrier, and potentially the employer if the driver was working at the time of the accident. Negotiating with insurance companies and medical providers can be an arduous experience for the victims and families, but with help from Kreisman Law Offices, it does not need to be.
Contact Chicago attorney Robert Kreisman at Kreisman Law Offices today at 312.346.0045 or 800.583.8002 to discuss your options. We will clearly explain all possibilities and the necessary steps necessary to ensure you receive just and fair compensation.