Two Tampa Bay teenage boys who were not licensed to operate their watercraft recently had a bad accident when their watercraft collided with stationary marine equipment. While this is one of the many examples of Florida teens that are hurt in car or boat accidents, the majority of accidents involving Florida teens occur in automobiles.
Teen Driving Statistics
Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Sixteen-year olds suffer from more crashes than any other age group, and 16-year olds are three times more likely to die in automobile accidents than older drivers. An average of 4,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 die in any given year. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released an estimate stating that the economic impact of teenage drivers equals about $40 billion. Of course, alcohol and cell phones also contribute to this dangerous trend.
Insurance companies are often biased against teenage drivers. Filing a claim with an insurance company for a teenage driver can be a frustrating and difficult case. People who have to fight other drivers’ insurance companies have an even tougher legal battle to fight. However, there are ways to fight these companies and win. It takes the right kind of legal maneuvering to prove liability and once liability is proven, a client can fight to win compensation.
Evaluating the Facts
Sometimes teenagers are not to blame for these crashes. Some of them are safe drivers who happen to be victims of other negligent drivers. Parents of teens who are involved in accidents need to fully investigate the facts of every case. This requires the services of a strong personal injury attorney. A qualified car accident attorney at Wooten Kimbrough will evaluate the facts of any accident case and fight hard to defend the client.