Teen drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in accidents than other drivers. They have far less experience driving, and their reaction times may not be as swift as adults.
Teenage motorists also may be more likely to engage in dangerous driving behaviors, such as:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Disregarding traffic signs or signals
If a teen driver injures you by causing a collision, an Orlando teen driver accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to help.
For a free legal consultation with a teen driver accidents lawyer serving Orlando, call (800) 747-3733
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In the aftermath of an accident in which you have sustained severe injuries, you likely will feel overwhelmed, confused, and focused on your medical care. Meanwhile, medical bills are piling up, insurance adjusters have started contacting you, and law enforcement officers want to complete their reports.
A teen driver accident lawyer with our firm can remove some of these pressures following an Orlando-area accident and allow you to concentrate on the most important goals of getting essential medical treatment and working toward recovery.
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Compensation in Teen Driver Accident Cases
Injury victims may be eligible to claim various damages or forms of compensation in teen driver accident cases. This compensation will vary according to the type of injuries that you suffer, especially if they leave you permanently impaired.
Common examples of damages that you might claim in a teen driver accident case may include:
- Emergency medical care for your injuries, ongoing medical treatment, and future medical care that your injuries may require
- Lost income and loss of future earning capacity and income if you cannot return to work due to your injuries
- Physical pain and suffering from your injuries
- Mental anguish and trauma from the accident
- Repairs or replacement of your vehicle that was damaged in the crash
We can help you gather evidence of your medical expenses and lost income. We also can evaluate your overall situation and injuries to determine what dollar figure best represents intangible losses for you and your family, like pain and loss of companionship.
Speaking with you and your family members about the mental impact that the accident has had on your life is often the most effective way to calculate these types of damages.
Deadlines for Filing Your Teen Driver Accident Case
Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a) establishes the legal deadline or statute of limitations for filing your teen driver accident case in court. Under this statute of limitations, injury victims of teen driver accidents have four years from the date that they suffered their injuries to file their claims.
Failure to meet the statute of limitations can result in being unable to claim any compensation for your injuries related to the accident.
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Teenage Drivers and Florida Car Accidents
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), Florida has more than 815,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 on the roads. Law enforcement agencies issued over 132,000 traffic citations to teenagers in 2019. The most common citation by far was for excessive speed, which accounted for almost half the total traffic citations issued to teenagers during that year.
In addition to traffic violations, teenagers, who have less experience driving due to their age, are involved in a disproportionate amount of car wrecks as opposed to drivers in other age groups. In 2019, teenage drivers were involved in more than 85,000 traffic accidents. These accidents resulted in 719 teen drivers suffering serious bodily injuries and 86 fatalities.
Negligence in Teen Driver Accidents
When a teenager causes a motor vehicle accident, it usually stems from negligent driving behaviors. Drivers of all ages have a legal duty to exercise due care for the safety of others. This duty includes following all traffic rules and acting reasonably under the circumstances. When drivers violate this duty of care, they can face liability for any injuries that they cause.
Holding a teen driver liable for negligence in causing a car crash not only requires proof that the driver acted negligently but also requires evidence that the negligent act directly caused your injuries. You also must show that your injuries resulted in losses or damages to you, including medical bills, lost income, and more.
Under some circumstances, drivers may engage in driving-related actions that are negligent as a matter of law. In these cases, proving negligence on the part of the teenage driver is very simple.
For instance, if a teen driver causes an accident when driving while intoxicated, they likely are negligent as a matter of law, or what some people refer to as negligence per se. The crime that drivers commit in this situation is clear evidence of negligence.
Liability of Teen Drivers in Car Accident Cases
Teen drivers can face liability for their negligence in causing traffic accidents that harm others. However, in some cases, the parents of teen drivers also can face liability if the wreck results in injuries to others.
For example, teen drivers cannot get their licenses unless their parents sign the application for those licenses. The signature of the parents that permits the teens to drive also makes them liable for any accidents that the teens cause while driving.
Furthermore, parents can face liability even after their teenage children become adults in some situations. If an 18-year-old motorist is driving a vehicle registered to their parents at the time they cause a crash, the teen’s parents also can face liability for injuries that result from the crash.
An Orlando teen driver accident lawyer on our team can assist in determining the identity of all potentially liable parties in your case.
Contact Us About Your Teen Driver Accident Today
Attorneys from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine are here to help with your legal concerns when you need us most. You can work on feeling better, and we will handle everything else. Call us at (407) 500-4000 today for responsive legal care and let us get started on your case.