Teen Car Accidents

New Orleans Car Accident LawyerTeenage drivers are a major cause of traffic accidents due to the lack of experience and other factors.  There are many frightening statistics showing the dangers of teenage drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers living in the United States. In 2010, 2,700 teenagers aged 16-19 were killed and nearly 282,000 were treated and released from emergency departments for injuries caused by motor-vehicle crashes. Even though young people represent only 14% of the United States population, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($ 7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females. To put these disturbing statistics in perspective, in 2010, seven teens ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.

There are many causes of motor vehicle crashes involving teenage drivers:
1.    Distractions - The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk due to the distractions they may cause.
2.    Cell Phones - Teenagers love their cell phones. They continually use their phones throughout the day, taking pictures, text messaging, and surfing the internet. This has become a huge problem and has lead to unnecessary accidents and life changing injuries. The Louisiana Legislature has passed some laws concerning this problem. La.R.S.§300.7 states that no person who is 17 years of age or younger shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway while using any wireless communications device to engage in a call or write, send or read a text-based communication. Louisiana law also prevents any driver, regardless of age, to write, send, or read a text based communication or use a wireless device to access, read, or post to a social networking site.
3.    Driving Under the Influence - In 2010, 22% of drivers aged 15-20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were drinking. In 2011, a national survey reported that 24 % of teens had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol within the past month, and 8% stated that they have driven within the same month period after drinking alcohol.
4.    Other factors - Teenage drivers are more likely to underestimate or recognize dangerous or hazardous situations. Also, teen drivers are more likely to speed and tailgate the driver in front of them. These factors, as well as the inexperience of driving, lead to horrible injuries and even fatalities.
Car Accidents caused by teenage drivers can lead to emotional, physical, and financial damage. Injuries sustained from a motor vehicle crash can include back and neck injuries, brain and spinal cord damage, amputations, broken bones, and even death. This is no laughing matter. It is important for a victim to choose an experienced Louisiana car accident lawyer to get them compensation for these damages and to help the victim through the complicated legal process. Cliff Cardone is that man. He has been described as the go-to attorney in Louisiana for personal injury matters because he knows how to get the recovery each and every client deserves. Don’t Be Alone. Phone Cardone at 1-888-892-2736 or 504-522-3333 for a free in person consultation.

The Cardone Law Firm provides legal assistance to all of Louisiana including Ascension Parish, Donaldsonville, Assumption Parish, Napoleonville, Baton Rouge, Jefferson Parish, Estelle, Gretna, Harvey, Kenner, Marrero, Metairie, New Orleans, Terrytown, Westwego, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Thibodaux, Livingston Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Belle Chasse, and St. Charles Parish.  

Because an auto accident can create multiple issues and significant losses, an injured party should hire an experienced Louisiana lawyer who not only handles car accidents for injured parties, but also has the resources necessary to provide for an injured person’s medical needs as well as the hiring of experts from a variety of fields in order to increase the value of the case. Cliff Cardone has practiced law for nearly 40 years and has primarily handled personal injury matters. If you have been injured in a car collision, Phone Cardone at 1-888-892-2736 or 504-522-3333 for a free in person consultation. He is direct, insightful, proactive, and passionate about his client’s cases.