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Understand the causes of teen driving accidents

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2021 | Firm News

Drivers in Mississippi likely know that teens are at a higher-than-average risk for driving accidents on the road. That’s part of why they are subject to restrictions on their licenses. It’s also why insuring teen drivers costs more than insuring adults. Understanding the reasons behind teen accidents is one of the first steps in preventing more of them.

Why teens have more accidents

The assumption tends to be that teens have more accidents because they’re irresponsible as drivers. Some car accidents are caused by teens racing or looking at their phones. But many times, there’s no distracted driving involved. Sometimes, teens are not at fault.

There are two main reasons that teens are involved in so many car accidents. The first is that they’re inexperienced drivers, which means they may not always remember what to do in every situation on the road. They could also be more likely to panic in poor road conditions.

The second reason teens are involved in so many motor vehicle accidents is that they’re more likely to be driving older cars. These vehicles have fewer safety features than new models, and they’re more likely than new cars to have existing maintenance issues. This is also a contributing factor when elderly people are involved in car accidents because older drivers tend to have older vehicles.

Legal assistance after an accident

If your teen has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it may be wise to contact an attorney. That’s particularly true if your teen was injured in the accident. Insurance company lawyers work for a bottom line, not for your family, so it’s always a good idea to have someone on your side advocating for your child.