Teenage drivers are twice as likely to have a car accident in Charlotte and elsewhere in North Carolina during their first month of having their drivers’ license than they are following a complete year of unsupervised driving according to a recent study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study identified three common behaviors of teens that lead to the majority of their crashes: failure to yield the right of way, failure to reduce speed, and inattention. In-car video cameras found teens to have difficulty executing left turns and had a number of close calls.
Charlotte Auto Accident Lawyer Herbert Auger at Auger & Auger understands that dealing with the death or serious injury of a child in a car related accident is one of the most tragic and painful experiences that a family can endure. Having a new teenage driver in the home has given Mr. Auger an understanding of the worry that every parent must endure each time their child pulls out of the driveway, whether as a passenger in a friend’s vehicle, or on his or her own. “I have been representing families of Charlotte car accidents for over twenty years. Having kids of my own, one of which just obtained his driver’s license, has given me the empathy to understand my client’s loss and push me to fight hard to help bring them some closure to the financial part of their hardship.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, involvement in a car accident is responsible for more than one out of every three teenage deaths, and an average of 8 teenagers die every day from car accidents. When you compare the number of miles driven, teenage drivers have quadruple the risk of crashing.
At the Law Offices of Auger & Auger, we have the knowledge and experience to investigate and pursue a wrongful death or personal injury claim against the at fault driver in a teen automobile accident. When a car accident claim involves a teen driver, there are a number of possible sources for recover that your car collision lawyer can explore. If the teen driver is operating someone else’s car, we will look to the teen’s personal auto policy, their parent’s auto policy or even their employer’s automobile policy if they were on the job at the time of the auto accident.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers in the United States. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelt use is lowest in the 16-24 year old age group. This is particularly troubling because this is the group of drivers that has most recently taken a driver’s education course, which extensively covers the North Carolina Seat Belt Law. The State of North Carolina has attempted to combat these statistics with its graduated drivers license program, but according to the AAA study, parents remain the best line of defense by remaining involved and monitoring of their teen’s driving behaviors.
Every case is different, especially when dealing with a teen auto accident. Consulting with an experienced attorney that has the team in place to immediately and thoroughly investigate your personal claim can have a positive outcome on your case. Your initial consultation is always free, as well as confidential. Contact us today!