Nobody who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is immune from making mistakes. Regardless of age, health, and any other factors, all drivers are at some risk of causing an accident on the roadway. That being said, there are some groups of drivers who present a greater overall risk, statistically speaking. Young, inexperienced drivers are one such group.
According to a recent analysis of federal data, the state of Mississippi has one of the highest national rankings in terms of dangerous teen drivers. The rankings based on federal data regarding highway fatality rates and the number of distracted drivers on roadways. The finding meshes with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lists motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among teenagers.
Those who are harmed in a motor vehicle accident have the right to be compensated for their injuries and losses, regardless of who causes the accident. When a young driver is involved, though, one of the potential issues for a crash victim is the ability to collect on a judgment. Assuming a crash victim has a meritorious claim and wins a judgment against a young driver, it isn’t always the case the defendant will be able to pay. This is why it is important to consider all potentially liable parties before pursuing litigation.
In our next post, we’ll look at a couple of potential car accident scenarios involving teen drivers and how an experienced personal injury attorney can help accident victims in such cases seek the compensation they deserve.