Teen Driver Accidents
Accidents Caused by Teen Drivers in Massachusetts
Serving Burlington, Methuen, & Boston
Teen drivers are one of the most common causes of accidents on the roads throughout Massachusetts. Regardless of the age of the negligent driver, you may have the right to pursue compensation if you or someone you love have been the victim of an auto accident.
Our firm, DiBella Law Offices, P.C. is here to help from our locations in Boston, Methuen, and Burlington. Throughout the years we have been in practice, we have built an impressive record of success in representing accident cases involving drivers of all ages. Contact our firm today to learn more.
Risks of Teen Drivers
People hear news stories all the time about teen drivers and what a danger they are to the roads in Massachusetts. But is all of this really true? Unfortunately, it is. Just take a look at statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- In 2016, 2,433 teenagers across the country between 16 to 19 were involved in fatal car accidents. Another 292,742 sought medical attention for injuries they sustained during a crash. Overall, six teenagers a day in this age group were killed due to car accidents.
- In the same year, teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 comprised just 6.5% of the population of the entire country. However, they accounted for approximately 8.4% of total costs of car crashes: an estimated $13.6 billion.
- Teenagers driving with friends are at particular risk of being involved in a car accident. The more teen passengers, the greater the risk. Male teenagers were twice as likely to be killed in a car accident than their female counterparts.
- Unsurprisingly, teens with new driver’s licenses are more likely to be in a crash than teenagers who have had their license for a couple of years. The fatal crash rate for every mile is almost twice as much for 16- and 17-year-olds than it is for 18- and 19-year-olds.
Parental Liability and Teen Car Accidents
No parent ever wants to hear that their teenager was involved in a collision, not least because they may face some liability for the costs. But not always. Typically, parents are only liable if they allow their teenager to drive when the teen has a history of driving carelessly or recklessly. For example, if a teen has been charged with drunk driving and his parents allow him use of their vehicle again, the parents could be held liable if the teen gets into another crash. Even if the teen wasn’t charged, but the parents knew the teenager had bad driving habits and allowed him to use the car, the parents may still be held liable for allowing the teen to drive.
However, a parent is only expected to take reasonable steps to prevent a child from driving. For example, if a teenager asks for the car and his parents say no and hide the keys, this is considered a reasonable step to ensure the teenager does not drive. If the teenager finds the keys, or already had his own key made without the parents’ knowledge, and uses the vehicle after his parents went to sleep, the parents may not be found liable. They took reasonable steps to ensure their child did not drive.
Teen Drivers and Insurance Issues
Insurance companies are aware of the risks teens pose on the roads. Due to this, when a teenager is listed on an insurance policy, whether it’s his own or his parent’s policy, the premiums for that policy are likely to be higher.
Another way insurance differs for teens is that even when a teenager is not at fault for the accident, the insurance company will likely penalize the policyholder by increasing his or her premiums. When a teen is involved in too many not-at-fault accidents, the insurance company may deny coverage altogether.
Understanding the Factors that Impact Your Case
Was Drinking, Speeding, or Texting Involved?
The real cause of the accident may have nothing to do with the driver's age, but more to do with the activities the teenage driver was engaged in at the time of the collision. Teen drivers are often inexperienced, reckless, or a combination of both, which can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. We can work to find out the true cause of the inexperienced driver accident with a thorough investigation and take the appropriate action to get compensation for you.
For example, the following types of accidents are common among teens:
- Texting and driving
- Drugged driving
Please call us today at (781) 262-3338 to schedule a free consultation with a Boston lawyer for accidents caused by a teen driver.
- How Safe Are Drivers In Massachusetts?
- Distraction and Teen Crashes: Even Worse than We Thought
- Teenage Driving - IIHS
- Teen Drivers - Insurance Information Institute - November 2016