When it comes to car accidents in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California, our teenagers are most at risk. Teens are more likely to text message or use a cell phone while driving and are more at risk for accidents caused by other poor driving decisions, including speeding and drunk driving. They are also most likely not to wear a seat belt and to drive with too many passengers in the vehicle.

Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney Gerald Marcus and the staff at our law offices understand that dealing with the serious injury or death of a child in a motor vehicle accident is among the most painful tragedies a family can endure. Frequently these accidents involve friends of the child, or the children of close friends.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 2,000 teenagers are killed in car accidents every year and some 200,000 are injured. Each year, more than 5,000 teenagers are involved in fatal accidents.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims in Los Angeles

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for all teens and that risk is never higher than during a teen’s first year of driving.

At the Law Offices of Gerald Marcus, we understand what it takes to investigate and pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the driver at-fault in a teen car accident. In addition, a claim may be filed against the owner of the vehicle, his or her insurance policy and insurance policies in place on other vehicles in the household.

Each case is unique, just as there are many reasons for teen car accidents. Consulting a law firm with the resources and ability to thoroughly investigate your claim can have a positive impact on the outcome of your case.

-Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate the dangers of a given situation and to overestimate their driving abilities.

-Teens are more likely to speed and less likely to leave assured stopping distance ahead.

-Teenagers have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

-Teens are more likely to drive drunk or to ride in a vehicle with someone who has consumed alcohol.

-Teens are four times more likely to receive a driving citation.

-Most teen driving deaths occur between 3 p.m. and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Los Angeles Teen Car Accidents

Car accidents involving teen drivers have many causes and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies several key factors that put teens at risk including:

-Lack of driving experience and inability to respond promptly and correctly to other drivers or to adjust to adverse weather conditions.

-Teens underestimating the dangers of driving under certain weather conditions or in certain situations while also overestimating their driving skills and ability.

-Teen drivers speeding.

-Teen drivers leaving an insufficient stopping distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them.

-Teen drivers drinking or using drugs before driving, despite zero tolerance laws.

-Teen drivers texting, talking on their cell phones or otherwise paying attention to electronic means of communication rather than the road.

-Teen drivers paying attention to their friends or passengers in the vehicle rather than other cars or driving hazards.

-Teen drivers focusing on changing the music or paying attention to the radio instead of to driving safely.

Unfortunately, teen drivers are also more likely to skip wearing seatbelts, which can make accident injuries much worse than they otherwise might have been.

Teenage drivers are four times as likely to be killed and 14 times as likely to be injured in car accidents than people in any other age group. Teens are also more likely to kill passengers in their vehicles, rather than themselves, when they are involved in a car accident.

Teen car accidents are tragic events, especially when serious injury or death results. If you or a loved one has been involved with a teen car accident, you should be aware that the law may allow the person who caused the accident to be held financially responsible.

To learn more about imposing legal liability and collecting compensation after a teen car accident, contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Gerald Marcus today at 800-905-8777.