According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), teenager driving-related accidents continue to be the leading cause of death of teens nationwide and in RI and MA. Statistics maintained by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) indicate that more than 2000 teens are killed in vehicle accidents every year and suffer more than 200,000 accident related injuries. Sadly, these teen related auto crashes are also commonplace in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Teenagers receive driving citations at 400 percent the rate of all other motorists on the road. In addition, the highest incidents of teenage driving-related fatalities happen on weekends from 3 o’clock in the afternoon until after midnight.
Due to a variety of factors, including limited driving experience, many Mass. and RI teenagers are just as likely to kill others when operating a vehicle as themselves. In addition to their driving inexperience, other factors play a role in the high number of injuries and fatalities associated with teen drivers including:
• Using mobile technology (cell phones and texting) while driving
• Driving a car or motor vehicle drunk
• Driving distracted when conversing with passengers in the vehicle
• Driving distracted by paying more attention to what is happening inside the vehicle with other passengers, instead of watching the roadway and avoiding hazards
• Driving while listening to music from a smart phone, MP3 player, or through an earpiece
Factors Involved in Teenage Driving Fatalities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Their minimal experience in driving on roadways restricts their capacity to respond appropriately in a safe and rapid manner. Often times, their reaction will be inappropriate when dealing with negative weather conditions or hazardous roads. Studies indicate that there are often common associated risk factors of teenager driver-related accidents with fatalities including:
• The teen driver was tailgating or speeding
• The teenage motorist disregarded hazardous or dangerous situations
• The teenage driver likely did not accurately calculate the stopping distance to avoid hitting the car ahead
• That teenage driver had a blood-alcohol concentration higher than the legal limit
In many MA and RI incidences, the teenage driver was not wearing a seat belt the time of the accident, which caused their injuries to be significantly worse, or resulted in their death.
By law, teenagers have an obligation to follow the state’s rules of the road, and provide a safe driving environment for themselves, and those sharing the Boston or Providence roadway. Even so, the leading factor of serious issues associated with teen driver-related collisions involves cell phone use or texting while driving.
Studies indicate that using the cell phone to make or receive phone calls, or send or receive text messages while driving reduces the capacity to maintain normal brain activity by as much as 37 percent.
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit as a result of a Massachusetts Car accident or a RI auto crash
An accident involving a teenage driver in Massachusetts is usually a tragic event, especially when it causes serious injuries or fatalities. If you have suffered injuries from a serious Boston accident involving a teenage driver, you need to protect your rights and file a claim or lawsuit against all responsible parties. Hiring a skilled Rhode island or MA personal injury attorney can help. Your RI car accident lawyer can ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence. These include:
• The minor teenage motorist driving carelessly
• The minor teenager’s parents, if it can be proved they knew, or should have known, that their teenage child was limited in their capacity to safely operate the vehicle, or has a propensity to drive inappropriately, which led to the accident. In many instances the parents own the motor vehicle and are liable as a result of their ownership of the car.
Your Rhode Island auto accident attorney might be able to prove that the their teenager drover erratically or drove negligently. This can include behaviors to hit-and-run, drive recklessly, speed, abuse drugs or alcohol, drive through red lights or use mobile technology while driving.
With this knowledge, the lawyer will need to prove that one or more of these erratic behaviors caused the accident. If successful, your claim or lawsuit will provide you adequate financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering associated with the accident.
Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.
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