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 since they may not understand the consequences of their actions. If you were injured by a teen driver, our Orlando teen driver accident lawyers can help you seek compensation.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine goes the extra mile for its clients. We can review your case for free today.
You Could Seek Recovery for These Damages
We seek financial recovery for all of our clients. We will calculate the value of your injury case based on your past, present, and future damages. Compensation in your case could account for:
- 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
- Transportation costs
- Car replacement or repair fees
You could seek compensation for other types of losses, depending on the nature of your injuries. For instance, if your accident affected your relationship with your spouse, you could seek compensation for loss of consortium.
Your Case Must Abide By All Legal Deadlines
Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a) establishes the statute of limitations for filing your teen driver accident case in court. Under this deadline, you generally have four years from the date of your accident to file your lawsuit. Your lawsuit would be filed against the teen’s parents, as they would assume liability for their minor child’s actions.
Failure to meet the statute of limitations can bar you from seeking damages.
Most Car Accidents Are Caused by Negligence
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.
We Can Prove Your Accident Was Caused By Negligence
You must have evidence to show that the other driver acted negligently. You also must show that your injuries resulted in losses, including medical bills, lost income, and more. Supporting information in your case could include:
- Your medical bills, records, and imaging scans
- Your car’s repair receipts
- The cash value of your car before it was totaled
- Testimony from your doctor
- Traffic camera footage
- The police report
- Witness testimony
- Statements from accident reconstruction specialists
- Photos of your injuries and the accident scene
- Emails between yourself and the liable insurer
We Can Determine Liability for Your Losses
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.
Our team can determine the identity of all potentially liable parties in your case.
We Can File Your Claim
You are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, per Florida Statutes § 627.736. So, if you’re involved in an accident, you would seek compensation from your own insurer before filing a claim elsewhere. However, if your injuries meet a certain threshold, you could file a claim with the other party’s insurer.
- Communicate with the insurer
- Give the insurer all relevant information
- Prove negligence
- Calculate your losses
- Send your demand letter
- Negotiate a settlement
The four-year statute of limitations that we mentioned earlier applies to lawsuits. Your claim will come with its own set of deadlines, as decided by the liable insurer.
We Can File Your Lawsuit
Our teen accident attorneys know how to navigate the legal process. If the insurer won’t pay for your losses, then we’ll file a lawsuit. This will require us to:
- File your case to the appropriate circuit
- Understand the severity of your injuries and the cost of your damages
- Prove negligence
- Identify the at-fault party
- Exchange evidence with the other party
- Build and argue your case
We will continue negotiating even as your case unravels in court.
What Should You Do After Being Injured in a Collision?
When clients ask us for advice following their accidents, we tell them to do the following:
Get Medical Help
Seeking medical attention after your accident does the following:
- It connects your injuries to the teen driving accident.
- It allows you to gain insight into your recovery period and diagnosis.
- It creates evidence to build your case, like x-rays, lab tests, and other information.
The other party might argue that you’re not injured. These three steps can prove otherwise.
Stay Off Social Media
While your case develops, we recommend against:
- Posting videos or photos online
- Making posts about your injuries or the accident
- Accepting friend requests from people you don’t know or “friends of friends”
- Joining groups related to your case
- Privately messaging the involved parties
If you think the claims adjuster can’t see your posts, think again. They could access your posts by creating fake social media profiles or using their friends’ accounts.
Avoid Accepting the First Settlement
After reviewing your claim, the insurer will likely have these two goals:
- To pay you as little money as possible
- To resolve your claim as quickly as possible
The first offer will likely not take into account your future losses. But, with our team’s help, we can explain what a fair settlement offer looks like in your case.
Contact Us About Your Teen Driver Accident in Orlando Today
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is 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.