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The dangers of teen drivers

With Memorial Day past and Labor Day ahead, teen drivers in California and throughout the nation are now in what is called the "100 Deadliest Days," a time when crashes involving teen drivers rise. According to a report released by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, the larger proportion of people fatally or critically injured in accidents involving teen drivers are not the drivers themselves.

Almost half of the people who died or who were hurt in accidents during which a teen was driving between the years of 1994-2013 were in another vehicle, and 17 percent were in the car with the teen driver. Another 2 percent were not in motor vehicles.

However, motor vehicle accidents are the principal cause of death for teens. Over the past two decades, those death rates have been significantly reduced, but the AAA says there is still a great deal of work to do educating drivers ages 15-19 and their parents on safety. In 2013, 2,927 people died in motor vehicle accidents that involved a teen driver, and 371,645 were injured.

Unfortunately, a split second's inattention can lead to a devastating car accident, and a person's injuries may be catastrophic. This could mean a long recovery period and high medical bills as well as lost wages from work. An insurance company might offer too little money to cover an injured person's expenses. When a person is injured in such an accident, they might want to contact an attorney to discuss the situation. It might also be possible to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible in the accident even if the driver is not facing criminal charges.

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