Teen Car Accidents
Teen car accidents in Gwinnett County and throughout Georgia, are following the alarming national trends for young drivers. Teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal auto crash than other drivers and passengers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens. Teen car accidents have a higher fatality and injury rate because often teens are more likely to combine their inexperience with other dangerous behaviors. Teens may fail to wear their seat belts, drive too fast, drink and drive, drive distracted while using a cell phone or texting, or have other teens in their car, which is also a distraction. The number of passengers in a teen’s car and the age at which they can carry passengers is restricted for this reason. Gwinnett County auto injury lawyers at Scholle Law, led by Charles Scholle, have helped families through the often life-changing and tragic consequences of these motor vehicle crashes.
Georgia has enacted laws to help lower the number of teen car accidents. Joshua's Law mandates that teens become educated about driving if they want to drive at age 16. Without this, Georgia teens must wait until they reach 17 years of age before they can be licensed. There are several ways to comply with the graduated licensing laws and more information can be found at the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). The Georgia Driver Education Committee was created along with Joshua’s Law to monitor teen driving and to track the success of the program.
Because teen car accidents can be very traumatic for the teen and his or her family, it is very important to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney with the sensitivity and skill to handle not only your legal case, but the suffering both teens and experience after a teen car crash. Across the country and throughout Georgia, the statistics are alarming. Teen car accidents result in thousands of teen deaths and hundreds of thousands of teen car accident injuries. Most teen crashes happen in the teen driver’s first year of driving. And teen auto crashes are more likely to occur on Saturday and Sunday between 3 p.m. and midnight. It is very important that teens avoid the roads during these high-risk times.
But parental involvement in teen driving has also proven to lower the statistics. It is vitally important that parents understand that they hold the key to their teen’s driving safety. Parents and teens are entering into written agreements and commitments, to form a foundation for dialogue and commitment to safer driving. For more information on a sample parent teen safe driving agreement and what parents can do to keep their teen drivers safe, please go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and download the Parents Are the Key handbook that includes the agreement that parents can sign with their teen drivers.
In the event of a teen car accident the auto injury lawyers in Gwinnett County at Scholle Law have the knowledge and skill to help families through the medical and legal issues involved. Our work as catastrophic personal injury lawyers gives us the depth of expertise needed to work with medical teams in all sorts of personal injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents. We guide our clients through the financial and medical recovery after a teen car crash.
For over two decades, Scholle Law has helped injured victims and their families manage the difficult recovery from accident and injury caused by others. We support families to secure their legal rights and the proper medical attention at times when they need that support most.