Young drivers (ages 16-21) accounted for nearly 25% of all Pennsylvania auto accidents
in 2010*, by far the highest percentage crash involvement of any age group. Teen drivers are often the least experienced drivers on the roads, and are prone to overzealous driving, due to a combination of youth, peer pressure, a false sense of invincibility, and distracted driving.
Alcohol sometimes plays a significant role in car wrecks involving teen drivers and other young people, as 31% of driver deaths from the 16-20 age group involved drivers who had consumed alcohol*.
If you were injured by a teen driver in Pennsylvania, the Wilkes-Barre personal injury lawyers at Comitz Law Firm, LLC can assist you. Our Wilkes-Barre teen driving accident lawyers will deal with your insurance company and seek just compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Teen Driver Distractions
Throughout the United States, 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as being distracted at the time of the accident. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. 40% of all U.S. teens claim to have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger**.
Text messaging is particularly popular amongst teens, and extremely dangerous when done while driving, as it involves taking one’s eyes off the road. In 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that bans drivers from sending, receiving, or writing text messages, instant messages, emails, or other written communication while driving in PA.
Driving is a serious responsibility. Parents of teen drivers should take the opportunity to discuss the importance of being a safe driver and set ground rules for when teens are behind the wheel. If your teen is on the road, they should stay off the phone.
Compensation for Wilkes-Barre Teen Driver Accidents
At Comitz Law Firm, when we handle a motor vehicle accident case on behalf of an injured client, we will use our legal expertise to get you the compensation you deserve. Wilkes-Barre auto accident attorney Jonathan Comitz has aggressively fought on behalf of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians who have suffered injuries due to auto accidents caused by teen drivers, distracted drivers, and drunk drivers, and will fight tirelessly on your behalf when dealing with insurance companies.
Contact a Pennsylvania Auto Accident Attorney
If you were injured in an accident involving a teen driver in Wilkes-Bare, Scranton, Luzerne or Lackawanna County, or anywhere throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, schedule an appointment with our Pennslyvania teen driver accident lawyers. Call toll-free at (855) 589-9458 or contact us online for a free consultation, and let an experienced attorney evaluate your case and discuss your legal options.