Common causes behind most teen auto accidents

October 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Teen drivers are a leading cause of accidents in Florida, mainly because of their inexperience behind the wheel. However, other factors are at play, too, for young drivers. Heading out on the road is dangerous for any driver, yet teen drivers are more apt to cause accidents for the following reasons.

Inexperience leads to bad decisions

Everyone has made bad decisions when behind the wheel, but teen drivers don’t have knowledge of past mistakes to fall back on, leading to more frequent motor vehicle accidents in this age group. The thrill of getting behind the wheel leads to speeding, especially for boys. Newer drivers are likelier to speed at night. These factors all contribute to fatal crashes.

Teen drivers are also prone to distractions. One of the biggest is having extra passengers in the car, which is why many states have graduated licensing programs in place limiting the number of passengers a new driver can have. Passengers cause distractions, but so does FOMO, also known as fear of missing out. Teen drivers often feel pressure to respond to texts immediately, so they forego the advice to pull over or wait until they are finished driving to answer.

The last common reason for teen crashes may be surprising to some. Many teenagers are burning the candle at both ends as they play multiple sports, take difficult classes and hold a job in an effort to get into college. Drowsiness affects teens too.

Teens and Florida traffic equal a dangerous combination

Teen drivers can pose a hazard no matter where they drive, but when they drive in Florida traffic, the accidents they cause can result in serious injuries, some of which can be catastrophic. No matter who is behind the wheel, if you’ve been injured in an accident, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries.

The passengers of teen drivers are frequently other teens who could sustain severe injuries that may diminish their future quality of life. If your child is hurt, you could recover compensation to ease his or her future health and comfort.