With summer right around the corner, California roads are likely to see an influx of teen drivers. From city streets to highways, drivers might be at greater risk for serious collisions in the coming months. The crashes can come in the form of rear-end collisions, head-on collisions or side-impact collisions. Depending on factors including the types of vehicles involved and the speeds at which they were traveling, these collisions can lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis or amputation.
The CDC has identified numerous factors that can put teens at risk while behind the wheel, including:
- Inexperience: Younger drivers might only have a couple years’ worth of experience behind the wheel. While they might be skilled and attentive, they have yet to build a library of experiences such as driving in poor weather, driving through construction zones or handling distracting situations. This inexperience might lead to critical decision errors that must be made in times of high stress.
- Distracted driving: Hand-in-hand with inexperience is the possibility of a younger driver being easily distracted by activities, passengers or things outside the vehicle. From eating snacks while driving and talking to friends in the car to looking at an attractive driver in another car and gazing at a construction project alongside the road, drivers who pull their eyes and attention from the task at hand can cause severe collisions.
- Driving impairment: From not understanding the effects of strong prescription medication to making the decision to have a drink before getting behind the wheel, less experienced drivers might fall victim to impairment.
A motor vehicle collision caused on California highways can have devastating consequences. Not only is there a possibility that numerous vehicles will become involved due to heavy traffic, but the possibility of severe injuries increases due to numerous factors. If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted, inattentive or inexperienced driver, it is crucial that you act quickly to avoid financial peril. You might be entitled to monetary compensation for lost wages, medical bills and property damage.