Anytime that you drive, you’re sharing the road with teen drivers. This is something that absolutely increases your risk of being injured in a car accident, as teens have some of the highest crash rates in the nation.
Why is it that teens have these high rates? You can find numerous causes, such as reckless driving, distraction, impaired driving and much more. But what you’ll find is that the main cause is inexperience. They just need more time behind the wheel.
Teens don’t understand their own risk
Much of the time, teenage drivers don’t actually understand the risk that they pose to themselves and others. They think that they are experienced drivers. They have practiced with their parents and with an instructor. They’ve taken classes and passed tests. They think they know everything that they need to know to be safe and that they have the experience to put that in place on the road.
However, experience is only really created with time. This is why the fatal crash rates tend to drop as soon as people get into their twenties. It’s not that they’re that much different than they were as teens, but just that they have a few years of real-world driving experience. This makes them safer and helps them avoid mistakes.
But that time in which the teens are getting experience is when other drivers face inherent risks that they can’t avoid. If you get injured in a car accident caused by one of these drivers, you need to know if you can seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs.