Glendale Teen Driver Accident Attorneys
There is nothing more exciting than getting your driver’s license, especially in a car-dependent place like Los Angeles. But being licensed to drive comes with great responsibility, which some new drivers neglect. Teen and young adult drivers are routinely involved in serious auto accidents due to some form of reckless behavior, such as texting while driving, speeding, or driving under the influence. There is no excuse for this behavior, and no matter their age, these drivers should be found liable for their victims.
If you were injured by a teen driver who was acting negligently, then you may be able to receive compensation for your trauma. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale car accident attorneys understand just how serious collisions with young drivers can be. We understand that you may be hesitant to pursue a claim against a teen driver, but we can handle all the legal requirements of dealing with their insurance company and getting you the compensation you need to heal. To sit down with us and talk about your case in a free consultation, call us at (818) 507-4311.
As researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teen drivers are more likely to be involved in serious auto accidents due to:
Lack of Experience: It may seem obvious, but teen drivers lack the natural road knowledge that older drivers develop over time. The CDC notes that young drivers have a harder time identifying dangerous situations and are more prone to reckless maneuvers.
Distracted Driving: 39% of surveyed teen drivers admitted to texting while driving within 30 days of the survey, which should concern everyone. Distracted driving is one of the greatest dangers on modern roads, and while it can affect any driver, the fact that teen drivers are also inexperienced adds to the grave reality of the situation.
Drinking and Driving: Drinking and driving is dangerous at any age, but statistics show that teen accidents involving alcohol are more serious than adult ones that occur at the same BAC level. Teen drivers also have a higher rate of DUIs, meaning these accidents occur at a higher frequency.
Speeding: Due to their lack of experience, teen drivers have a harder time determining how much space and time they need to come to a full stop. Combined with their increased rate of speeding, teens are more likely to be involved in rear-end collisions and intersection accidents.
Late-Night Driving: The majority of fatal teen driving accidents occur late at night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and on the weekends. These occur due to two factors: low visibility and fatigued driving. Together, these accidents can cause massive amounts of property damage and catastrophic injuries, as teenagers may fall asleep and cross onto the other side of the road, leading to head-on collisions.
No matter the type of accident, if you were injured by a teen driver, then you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims require that you prove that the driver who injured you had a duty of care to you and broke that duty of care, leading to your trauma.
We have compassion for the young who are still learning, and many accident victims want to avoid filing a claim because they do not want to ruin a teenager’s driving record or sue them. However, this is based on false information about how car accident claims work, which we can dispel for you:
- If teen drivers cause a car accident, it will likely lead to a point on their license and an increase in their insurance rates. This is outside of your hands and will occur even if you do not file a claim.
- When you file a personal injury claim, it is with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, not the driver him or herself. In many cases, accident victims do not have to see or talk to the other driver following the collision and will only deal with the insurance adjuster. You do not have to worry about taking a teenager to court, as most cases are settled out of court. Even in the event of a trial, the teenager will likely not face civil penalties.
- The State of California has a legal concept called Parental Liability, which means that parents assume liability for car accidents caused by their children so long as the children are younger than 18. This is because parents need to sign a consent waiver to allow their child to drive and often own the vehicle the teen was driving. Thus, your claim will be with the parent’s insurance company and not the teen.
If you are still concerned about filing a personal injury claim against a teen driver, we encourage you to reach out to us at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We can go over your situation in a free initial consultation and answer all of your questions about the claims process.
As harsh as it is to admit it, teen drivers are more likely to be involved in serious, and often fatal, crashes. Their reckless behavior and inexperience put other drivers at risk every day. You should not have to suffer because a teenager had to post on social media or was out late at a party. You should consider talking to an attorney about your legal right to seek compensation.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, our Glendale car accident attorneys can use more than 40 years of combined experience to investigate your case and fight for your best interests in a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are not known for their charity and will put up a hard fight to avoid paying the full value of your injuries. But we have the knowledge, skill, and experience to recover proper compensation for your trauma. To speak to our legal experts today, call us at (818) 507-4311.
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