TEEN DRIVER DISTRACTED CAUSES AUTO ACCIDENT – ATTORNEYS MN
Our car accident lawyers have represented many people injured caused by of a distracted teenage driver. We have had many cases where the teen driver caused an accident with another car, injuring people in that vehicle or others in the teen driver’s car. Our Minnesota attorneys have also handled many one car accident cases where the teen driver only injures passengers in the car he or she is driving.
Yahoo Parenting recently published an online article stating, “Distracted teen drivers are doing a whole lot more than texting behind the wheel. More than a quarter of teens admit that they’ll occasionally change clothes and shoes while driving in a study recently published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security. And those 27 percent of kids aren’t the only ones multi-tasking—nor are their Superman-style outfit switches the worst of what researchers say is drawing drivers’ focus off of the road. Out of the more than 1,000 teens studied, some say they’ll also change contact lenses and put on makeup while driving. (The percent of teens reporting that they text while driving came in lower than in past polls, at 40 percent).” Our car accident lawyers have represented many people injured in an accident caused by a variety of situations a teen driver allowed to distract him or herself.
The article goes on to explain that the research team was surprised to find that students self-reported that they work on homework while driving. Previous research has demonstrated that any secondary task that results in glances away from the road for a duration of more than about 2 seconds has a dramatic effect on crash risk,” says Hurwitz, whose team also enlisted the surveyed teens in a drivers’ ed class. Distracted driving has serious consequences. Nearly 3,000 teens die each year, and another 280,000 are treated at hospitals after vehicle crashes, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports CBS News. Among teens, 11 percent of those fatal wrecks are caused by distracted driving. At the Rochlin Law Firm, every year an car accident attorney will work on one or more cases where teenage passengers in a car are injured or killed because of distracted driving by the teenage driver.
During that roughly half-hour class cited in the article, researchers tested the teens on deceptively difficult multitasking, such as writing down numbers while talking on the phone. “This was just a scenario to demonstrate that having a distraction can really prevent you from doing basic tasks,” Hurwitz tells NPR. The study found that after the test “students were slightly better at recognizing the risks of multitasking behind the wheel.” Older teenagers got the message more than their younger cohorts, he tells Yahoo Parenting: “They responded more positively.”
So while it seems promising that teaching teens the danger of divided attention while driving a car can make a difference, parents need to do their part too. “One thing that we should all be more cognizant of is that we are role models not just for our children, but for every passenger in our vehicle,” says Hurwitz. “Exhibiting good behaviors for passengers in our vehicles is something that each of us can do to promote safe driving.”
At the Rochlin Law Firm, our car accident lawyers have handled many cases in Minnesota where an accident was caused by a teenage driver because of distraction or inexperience, including single car crashes. If you are injured in a MN automobile accident where the other driver was a teenager, call our office and speak with an experienced attorney for a free consultation. Our top lawyers have more than 25 years’ experience representing hundreds of people injured in an auto accident. An attorney will advise you of your rights and make sure you get all the insurance compensation you are entitled to, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If your teenager or child is a passenger in an automobile accident, there may be several levels of insurance available that our lawyers will explain to you.