Automobile accidents caused 32,885 deaths in 2010—the fewest in 62 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. By remaining aware of the risks inherent in driving, we can reduce this number even further. Permitting new drivers to operate vehicles unsupervised is extremely dangerous because of a number of risk factors. Here are three reasons why new drivers are dangerous:
New drivers simply have less experience operating motor vehicles. Even if a new driver excelled on his or her driving test, a lack of experience can lead to driving errors. Most new drivers are used to driving in controlled conditions, but real-world driving scenarios require drivers to react instantaneously, and new drivers may be unable to react quickly or accurately to unexpected dangers.
Most new drivers are teens or young adults, and these drivers are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors that imperil themselves and others. Young drivers are more likely to speed, more likely to follow other vehicles too closely, and less likely to wear seatbelts and restraints. They are also less likely to accurately assess their own intoxication if they have been drinking, increasing the likelihood of driving drunk. With each additional teenage passenger, young drivers are increasingly likely to make risky decisions.
Young drivers are proportionally more likely to drive at night, during weekends, and on major holidays. Because these periods are generally associated with drinking and celebration, they are more dangerous for all drivers, especially inexperienced ones.
Automobile accidents often cause serious injuries and expensive property damage. If you are injured by an inexperienced driver who was unable to properly control his or her vehicle, you deserve the proper compensation to help you recover from your injuries and replace your vehicle. Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. is licensed as both a doctor and an attorney, and this makes him uniquely qualified to assess your injuries and ensure that you are properly compensated for them. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (407) 843-6353.