Teen Drivers & Car Accident Claims in Louisiana
Drivers of any age can crash. However the highest rate is among teens age 16 to 19 years old. This age group is almost three times more likely to be in a fatal crash, according to the CDC.
Drivers from age 15 to 24 make up 13.6 percent of drivers in the state of Louisiana. They also account for a disproportionate number of fatal crashes at 28%.
Our experienced teen car accident lawyers in Louisiana offer the following information to help you.
Common causes of teen driving accidents
Teen driving accidents also may show up as one or more of the following dangerous behaviors:
- Speeding. – Teens are more likely to speed and are less able to judge if they need to slow down in a curve, for example.
- Following too closely behind the car in front. – This doesn’t give the teen enough chance to stop if the driver in front suddenly applies the brakes.
- Distracted driving. – Teens can be distracted by texting, eating, or adjusting their radio controls.
- Driving with teen passengers. – Passengers can be very distracting and can also make the driver more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
- Underestimating or not recognizing dangerous situations. – Teen drivers lack the experience that gives older drivers better judgment and helps them react more quickly to avoid an accident.
- Lastly, drinking and driving – In a recent year, 24 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who were killed in a vehicle accident had been drinking, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Getting the help you need
Teen car accident lawyers in Louisiana can help you determine if you have a case. You may be able to take legal action against the driver and his or her parents in some cases.
A settlement or court case may help you receive money. This includes your medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of wages, and other expenses. In some cases, you can also receive money to help compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Teen Car Accident Lawyers
The state follows a system of comparative negligence. If a judge or jury finds you partially at fault for the accident, your damages reduce. For example, if found 25% at fault, your damages reduce by the same percentage.
If you’ve been involved in an accident with a young driver, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys at (504) 345-1111 to speak to one of our teen car accident lawyers in Louisiana. We’ll provide you with quality legal advice and represent your interests in any legal action. Contact us today. Don’t wait!