Teen Driver Liability

Teen Driver Liability

What if the Responsible Party is a Minor? A leading cause of deaths among teenagers each year is traffic accidents. According to studies performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, auto accidents claim the lives of more teenagers each year than gang violence or suicide. Among those drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 years old, fatal automobile crashes are three times higher than for drivers who are over 20 years old. Though all states now have a graduated licensing system, which phases full driving privileges out over several years, annual crash rates for teenagers is still much higher than for other groups of drivers. The fatal crash rate for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 is approximately twice as high as that for 18 to 19 year olds. In 2011, two out of three victims was male and the crash rate for male teenage drivers has increased at a much higher level than for female drivers. The reasons for these higher rates are numerous and include:

  • Teenagers think they are invincible
  • They overestimate their driving ability
  • May be distracted by other teens in the car
  • May be distracted by talking on the phone or texting
  • Inexperience in emergency situations
  • Drugs and alcohol

It is always difficult when teenagers suffer serious injuries in a car accident, and especially so when a death occurs. The indescribable pain that parents and family members go through can linger for years. In many instances there were other victims in the car and families may immediately begin pointing fingers at each other. A subsequent investigation may prove that the driver was intoxicated, driving recklessly, or simply did not have adequate experience. Learning the truth about accidents like this requires special investigative skills, proven legal ability, and adept social skills. Those involved in the accident may be reluctant to share exactly what happened. Teenagers are famous for being evasive or even untruthful about the facts especially if they believe they will get in trouble. It takes an experienced law team to learn the truth in situations like this. Teenage drivers are held to the same legal standards of care when operating a motor vehicle as adults. If an investigation finds that they breached the legal standard, then they can be sued even though most teenagers do not have assets. Though the automobile insurance policy should cover most of the damages, in some cases the damages will exceed insurance policy limits. In this event the teenager’s parents can be sued, but there must be evidence that they were negligent in some way. Accidents involving teen drivers can become quite complex and it’s important to have thorough legal representation if you have been injured or suffered losses. At Zinda Law Group we often work with complicated auto accident cases and our firm has the resources, ability, and experience to get to the bottom of what happened. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group PLLC have successfully represented many clients over the years in car accident claims involving teenagers. We possess the experience and knowledge to help you get the settlement you deserve. Call today to set up your free appointment and find out about your options and legal rights.

Where Zinda Law Group Practices:

We were founded in Texas and have a team of Austin personal injury lawyers as well as attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth.

 As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

Types of Cases We Handle:

We also have a team of attorneys that have experience serious injury cases such as car accidents, wrongful death and truck accidents.   We also have experience handling more complex cases such as gas explosions and drug injury cases, such as the Taxotere® Lawsuits.