Drivers who have just received their licenses are extremely inexperienced – especially when it comes to driving on busy roadways and highways. Given their lack of experience, young teen drivers are more prone to causing accidents than older and more experienced drivers. These accidents can occur when teenage drivers are speeding or violating other rules of the road.
In addition to getting a ticket or incurring a criminal penalty (such as for a DUI), young drivers who cause motor vehicle crashes could incur civil liability. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a young driver, you should call an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer at Malman Law today. Our knowledgeable personal injury legal team could investigate your accident and could help you pursue a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn how we might be able to assist you with your car accident case.
Types of Teen Driver Negligence
Teen drivers are not yet experienced at operating motor vehicles on the road, and consequently, they are more likely than other drivers to cause a motor vehicle collision. Some common examples of teen driver negligence on Chicago roadways, including the following:
- Speeding – Young people sometimes have a tendency to drive fast – especially if they are operating a newer vehicle, such as a sports car. When young and inexperienced drivers operate their vehicles fast, they are more likely to collide with other vehicles and cause a serious accident.
- Weaving through traffic – Young drivers are sometimes in a hurry to get to their destinations, and in order to do so, they may weave in and out of traffic or forget to use a turn signal. Doing so, however, can lead to a serious collision.
- Driving on busy roads – Teenage drivers are also inexperienced drivers who are still learning how to operate and control a motor vehicle. In some instances, these drivers are not experienced enough to be operating a vehicle on a multi-lane highway or another busy roadway. When inexperienced drivers are operating motor vehicles in this setting, serious accidents can occur.
- DUI – Drunk driving is a serious problem, not just with teenage drivers, but with adult drivers as well. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adult drivers is 0.08 percent. However, for minors, a zero-tolerance policy is in effect, due to their decreased level of driving experience and because drinking is unlawful for them. If a minor is found to have any alcohol in his or her system while driving, the minor could be arrested. The minor could also face civil liability if he or she causes a collision that results in injuries.
Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a teenage driver, let the skilled legal team at Malman Law assist you with your case. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more.