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Why inexperience causes so many car accidents

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | Car Accidents |

If you look at the statistics, you’ll find that the greatest fatal accident risk belongs to teenagers. They don’t drive as much as older individuals, but their fatal crash rate is much higher.

There are a lot of different reasons for this, such as distracted driving or even drunk driving. But one of the major issues to consider is simply experience. Someone who is in their teens may only have been driving for a few years, if not just a few months. This inexperience directly causes them to crash in situations where other drivers would not.

Failing to recognize the danger

The problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that these drivers often do not recognize when they are in a dangerous situation.

This means that something else could technically be what causes the accident. For example, maybe a teen driver was driving too fast for the conditions when they entered a corner. They couldn’t slow down in time, they lost control and the vehicle crossed the centerline as they tried to make the corner.

Technically, speeding was the reason for the crash. But inexperience was the real root cause. A more experienced driver would have understood that the conditions were dangerous and would have reduced their speed in advance. The teen may have thought they were driving safely right up until the moment that they lost control. It’s not that they were being reckless intentionally. They just honestly didn’t know how dangerous it was.

Seeking compensation

Of course, even inexperience isn’t an excuse for dangerous and negligent driving. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a teen driver, you need to know how to seek financial compensation.

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