Summer Means Increased Risk of Teen Deaths in Florida Due to Car Crashes

Teenagers are inherently inexperienced drivers. This inexperience often leads to serious, sometimes deadly accidents. If you were injured in a crash caused by a teenage driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At our Law Offices, our Miami car accident attorneys understand the intense physical and emotional pain that often follows from a serious car crash. We will make every effort to help you get a fair resolution in your case.

This year, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day spans 98 days. Statistics show that during this time, there is an increased risk of dying in a car accident for teens. The percentage of teens who drink and drive has decreased by more than half in the past 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, 16-20-year-old drivers are 17 times more likely to die in motor vehicle accidents when their blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent than drivers who have not been drinking.

During each summer month, an average of 260 teenagers are killed in car crashes, an increase of more than a quarter compared with the other seasons. In fact, according to one estimate, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. An increase in summer deaths may take place for a number of reasons. For one, teenagers are not in school and are spending more time on the road driving around with their friends, which can also make them prone to distractions from within the car. Additionally, teenagers may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol more during the summer months, which, when mixed with driving, can lead to devastating consequences.

Most Florida car accident cases are rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence occurs when a person causes an accident by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have used in the same or a similar situation. For example, if a teen driver causes an accident due to excessive speeding, that driver will likely be deemed negligent. This is because a reasonably prudent driver would have understood the risk of accidents associated with such behavior and, as a result, would have refrained from engaging in it.

Proving fault in an accident requires a thorough investigation of an accident scene, collecting police reports and medical reports, consulting expert witnesses, and gathering other evidence that may be relevant to the case. This is where an experienced lawyer can be an invaluable asset. We can gather the evidence needed to build a strong case on your behalf.

If you or someone close to you has been injured by a teenage driver, we can help. At our Law Offices, our experienced Miami car accident attorneys are well versed in Florida law and know how to effectively present a case to a jury. With years of experience, we understand how to effectively handle every stage of a personal injury claim. Contact our office today for a free consultation. Call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or feel free to contact us online.

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