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Deadly Days Ahead for Teen Drivers

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Teenagers in California and throughout the country have entered the time of year known as the "100 Deadliest Days." This is the period between Memorial Day and the start of the next school year, and it is also a time when motor vehicle accidents and fatalities rise significantly. If past is prologue, about 1,000 of those deaths will occur in accidents involving teenage drivers.

More people in the 16- to 19-year-old age group are driving during this time, and this is a prime factor in increasing their crash rates. More than half of all of these teenage car accidents involve distractions such as talking to others in the car, talking or texting on a cellphone, or otherwise attending to something that was happening inside the car.

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, a person who is texting and driving is 23 times more likely to crash than someone who is not distracted in that manner. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of teens who were seen using a handheld device while driving rose to almost 5 percent from 1 percent.

Even though texting and driving is not permitted in California, many motorists of all ages unfortunately continue to do so. Others on the road are often injured in a car crash with someone who is texting and driving or is distracted in some other way, and insurance companies may not offer enough in compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses such as lost wages. In such an event, an injured victim may want legal help in seeking appropriate damages from the at-fault motorist through a personal injury lawsuit.