Teen drivers are statistically more likely to cause a motor vehicle accident than other age groups. This is partly because they lack the experience needed to make good decisions while traveling on North Carolina roads and highways. However, their lack of emotional maturity can also put them in danger of making mistakes while operating a motor vehicle.
Teens don’t want to miss out
A younger driver may feel that it’s more important to learn the contents of a text message than to focus on road conditions. They may also feel as if staying current on a conversation taking place in the back of the car is more important than focusing on what is going on in front of it. The human brain can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. Therefore, drivers who choose to read a text message or stay tuned to a conversation are at a higher risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident.
Teens typically drive in controlled environments
In most cases, teen drivers will learn how to drive a car in parking lots or on residential streets. They may also be limited to driving during the day and on roads that are free of ice, snow or other debris. While this may make the driver education process easier on all involved, it means that new drivers will have to learn how to drive at night or in bad weather on the fly.
Even if new drivers have experience driving in poor weather or on wet roads, it still takes time to feel comfortable doing so. Furthermore, inexperienced motorists may panic if they miss an exit or travel on unfamiliar roads, and gaining experience may be the only way to overcome the fear of not knowing where you are.
If you are involved in a crash caused by a distracted or unprepared motorist, you may receive compensation for medical bills or other damages. This may occur either through mediation or by taking your case to court.