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Why teen drivers are at a higher risk of getting into a crash

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2021 | Car Accidents

Teen drivers are among the most likely to get into an accident while traveling on Indiana highways. This is partially because they lack the experience needed to operate a vehicle in a responsible manner. It isn’t uncommon for younger drivers to use cellphones, to travel at excessive rates of speed, or to take other steps that may increase their risk of getting into a crash.

Teens lack a feel for what is going on around them

It isn’t uncommon for vehicles to stop, slow down, or change lanes without warning. It’s also not uncommon for pedestrians, animals, or objects to cross in front of a moving car. While older drivers tend to be adept at driving in a defensive manner, inexperienced motorists generally aren’t as good at doing so. Therefore, they may be at higher risk of an accident simply because they haven’t had enough time to gain experience about everything that might happen on a given roadway.

Cellphones can significantly reduce your reaction time

Research suggests that talking on a phone while driving reduces a younger person’s reaction time to that of a typical 70-year-old driver. Using a cellphone to send a text message, to check a social media profile, or to read an email can also reduce your reaction time. Statistically speaking, a teen driver is more likely to use his or her phone while driving compared to those in other age groups.

Impaired driving increases a young person’s risk of a crash

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 15% of teens who died in car crashes were killed in accidents caused by those under the age of 21. If you are hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver of any age, it may be a good idea to consult with an MVA attorney.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you might be entitled to compensation for any financial losses that you incur. An attorney may be able to help you obtain a favorable settlement or jury award in your case.

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