Excessive speed is frequently cited as a reason for car accidents that take place on California roads. Statistically speaking, teen drivers are more likely to drive at speeds that aren’t safe for road conditions, and they are also more likely to follow other vehicles too closely. Parents of teens may want to go over some of the reasons why younger drivers tend to engage in these dangerous behaviors.
Young drivers simply lack experience
In most cases, teens drive at excessive speeds because they don’t understand the consequences of doing so. For instance, take a car that is traveling at 40 miles per hour on a road that has a posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour. A teenager might not see the harm in traveling a few miles per hour faster than the law allows. However, that increase in speed is enough to create almost 80% more force in a collision. That could be the difference between a minor accident and a crash that causes severe injuries.
Teens don’t mind taking risks
It’s long been known that teenagers don’t have the same ability to regulate their emotions and actions that adults do. Therefore, younger motorists may not be worried about driving at high speeds on back roads, empty highways or other areas where they believe they can get away with breaking the law.
Younger motorists don’t fully comprehend their actions
A teenager might not be too concerned about getting a speeding ticket or getting into a minor crash. However, that individual may not consider that a speeding ticket could lead to higher insurance rates or a license suspension. Furthermore, he or she likely does not consider that another driver, passenger or pedestrian could file a personal injury lawsuit against his or her parents.
If you are injured in an accident caused by another person’s reckless behavior, it may be in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney. Legal counsel may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages incurred in a wreck caused by a speeding driver.