Posted On: February 9, 2011 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

In Accidents with Teen Drivers, Victims Frequently Outside of Vehicle

A recent study on teen driving reported that 681,000 people were involved in accidents in 2008 where a teenager was driving. An article in The Times Herald states that the study showed that over 40,000 people were injured and nearly 30 percent of those who died in the crashes were cyclists, pedestrians, or occupants of other vehicles.

In Pennsylvania in 2009, 41 percent of single vehicle crashes involved teen drivers. Additionally, 27 percent of the driver deaths in the 16-20 age range were drunk drivers. In the U.S., 90 percent of all car crashes involve driver error, which means there are many ways teens can impact safety. Failure to use seat belts, speeding, drinking and driving, and distracted driving all contribute to car accidents and fatalities. Overall, car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers, according to Teen Driver Source.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that parents practice driving as often as they can with their teen. They should also ensure that their new driver and their passengers always wear seat belts to help prevent injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania car accidents. Crashes are likely to occur at night and when other teens are in the car, so it is a good idea to limit a teen’s nighttime driving.

Distracted driving is illegal and any activity which substantially decreases a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is against the law. If you or someone you love has been in a serious car accident in Pennsylvania and you believe it was caused by an inexperienced driver and/or one who was driving distracted, such as using their cell phone or distracted by other passengers in the car, you may be entitled for compensation for your losses. An experienced personal injury lawyer can prove that a negligent driver was significantly distracted and caused an accident.

For more information, contact the experienced Pennsylvania auto accident attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation. Call 888-684-2374.