Teen drivers, being inexperienced, are usually more liable to get in auto accidents here in Georgia. The chances of an accident are even higher during the summer when teens are out on the road more. Ford Motor Company has pointed to the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as especially dangerous for teen drivers, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls this the 100 deadliest days for teens.
Fatal car crashes involving teen drivers go up an alarming 15%, on average, in summer. Parents, not only in the summer but at every other time of the year, have a duty to educate their teens about being a safe driver. It all begins with vehicle maintenance. For example, the tires should be properly inflated. Once in the car, teens must buckle up as it is against the law not to do so.
Teens may also want to limit the number of passengers since the more there are, the more distracting it can be. All distractions must be avoided; parents will want to emphasize the danger of using the phone. It goes without saying that drowsy and drunk or drugged driving are wrong, too.
Minimizing the time spent driving at night is also recommended. In addition, teens should exercise care when passing through construction zones.
If teens become negligent, though, and cause a car accident, they may face criminal and legal penalties. As for the victims, they may be able to recover damages even if they were partially to blame. The amount they recover might be lowered, though, based on that degree of contributory negligence. For assistance with their claim, victims may want to retain a lawyer. The lawyer might negotiate for a settlement covering medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages and more, litigating as a last resort.