Medical bills and other losses from a teen driver accident can rack up quickly. However, if your teen suffered an injury and losses due to another party’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation.
A lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can assess your Brandon accident case involving your teen driver and comprehensively determine your legal options and next best steps. We can negotiate with the insurance company to achieve a fair settlement in the best possible time frame. However, if necessary, we can take your case all the way to trial to work on recovering what you deserve.
Compensation in Teen Driver Accidents
No two teen driver accidents are the same. Therefore, compensation can vary considerably from one accident case to another. However, you and your teenager could be entitled to several types of compensation, depending on your case. These include but are not limited to:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
If your teen suffered injuries and monetary losses due to another’s negligence, they have the right to pursue damages. A Brandon teen driver accident lawyer with our law firm can advise you on your legal options in a free consultation.
You Can Reach Out to Our Car Accident Team
Finding out that your teen was involved in a car accident can be the most stressful and upsetting time in a parent’s life. However, you do not have to face this alone. Our accident lawyer in Brandon can protect your teen driver’s rights and help them recover compensation if a negligent driver or other at-fault entity caused the car crash.
Getting in touch with our law firm as soon as possible after a teen driver accident can take the weight off your shoulders and help with:
- Providing comprehensive legal advice
- Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies
- Filing and tracking any insurance claims
- Gathering the evidence required for your case
- Calculating your damages and losses comprehensively
- Fighting for what you deserve in court
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Work for You
Your time for filing a lawsuit and recovering compensation may be limited. Florida Statutes §95.11 (3)(a) allows up to four years from the accident date to file an injury lawsuit. That is considerable time, but we advise you to start early to give our lawyer time to build a strong case for you in your Brandon teen driver accident.
We offer responsive legal counsel that could help you determine your next steps. We work on a no-win-no-fee basis and only recover our fee only if we win your case and recover a settlement award for you.
Causes of Teen Driver Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are at greater risk of crashing a vehicle than any other age group. Teens in this age range are also much more likely to die in a crash when compared to older drivers. Risk factors and causes for teen driver accidents and injuries can include:
- Frequent weekend and nighttime driving
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Driving too fast
- Not using seat belts
However, in some cases, another driver can be responsible for a teen’s accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most accidents happen due to driver error and for driver-related reasons, such as inattention and speeding. Other responsible parties in your teen’s accident could potentially include:
The Local Government Could Be Liable
If your teen lost control over their car due to a crack or another defect in the road, a local government entity could be responsible for the crash. This could also be the case when a road’s bad design contributed to causing an accident. Your lawyer can hire experts who will be able to determine whether a road defect played a role in your teen driver’s accident in Brandon.
A Carmaker Could Be Responsible
Cars are not always as safe as they should be. If a car part malfunctioned in your teen’s accident, such as a seat belt or airbag, you could have legal recourse against a car maker or car part manufacturer. These claims can get complicated and technical and will most likely require the help of expert witnesses and car accident reconstruction professionals.
Car accidents are not always as straightforward as they might seem to observers. In fact, you could have a case against several at-fault parties in your teen driver accident. A Brandon teen driver accident lawyer can help determine all at-fault parties and pursue damages from all potential avenues.
Take These Steps After a Teen Driver Accident
Teen drivers typically lack the driving and life-experience to know what to do after an accident. They may refuse important medical care or even apologize to another driver despite the accident not being their fault. Parents will have to make sure to protect their child’s legal rights as soon as possible. In the days after the accident, you should:
Make Sure Your Teen Sees a Doctor Promptly
Your teen should get a thorough medical checkup, even if they do not feel any pain or tell you that they only have minor symptoms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and whiplash, may not develop any symptoms for days or even weeks.
This potentially leaves you open to the at-fault driver’s insurance company arguing that the injuries have nothing to do with the car accident. Make sure your teen receives a medical report detailing all injuries from the accident.
Collect Evidence for Your Teen’s Damages
In order to be able to recover an adequate settlement, you will have to prove your teen’s damages with the appropriate documents, for example, copies of medical bills, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, and bills for car repair costs. If your teenager is employed, you will also need evidence of loss of earnings, such as pay stubs and bank statements.
If you had to attend medical appointments with your teen or care for them as they recovered, you may have lost income as a result. Make sure to collect evidence for your loss of income and proof for any other expenses you incurred due to your teen’s accident.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to take the burden off your shoulders and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call us now for a free, no-obligation case review and find out whether you have a case: 1-800-747-3733.
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