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Teen driving week comes to a close with accidents still common

Negligence can affect any driver, regardless of age, gender, or even driving ability. Any motorist can climb behind the wheel while he or she is tired, intoxicated, or distracted. So, negligence itself is the enemy when it comes to preventing car accidents. With that being said, though, negligence does tend to affect certain age groups more than others.

That is why the federal government, in conjunction with state and federal governments, take part in national teen driver safety week. This initiative seeks to raise awareness about some of the most common issues affecting teen drivers. Amongst these are the use of seatbelts, cell phone usage while driving, and drinking and driving. The sad reality is that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death amongst teens, and their negligent acts affect many other motorists as well.

Distracted driving is particularly problematic amongst teens. Far too often, these drivers, who are less experienced than other motorists, take their eyes of the road to glance at a text, read an email, or look at a social media post. Taking their eyes off the road for a mere second can give enough time for them to miss yielding to a pedestrian or stopped traffic, or cause them to swerve into oncoming traffic. The victims of these accidents can be left with serious injuries that can be difficult to recover from. Oftentimes these victims struggle to find relief from their physical, emotional, and financial losses.

Despite efforts to curtail negligent teen driving, these accidents will continue to occur, meaning that victims will need to take their own action if they hope to recover compensation for their damages. To do so, they will probably have to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Those who want to learn how best to build one of these cases can discuss the matter with an attorney of their choosing.

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