California has millions of teens waiting to learn how to drive and become skilled motorists over time. Sadly, some teens never become good drivers due to a high propensity for traffic accidents leading to death. That is especially true of male teen drivers when alcohol and exceeding the speed limit contribute to deadly motor vehicle accidents.
Three times more likely to die
Statistics show that teen drivers are three times likelier to die in car accidents than older and more experienced motorists, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A lack of driving experience is the primary cause coupled with a tendency to drive older and often improperly maintained vehicles. That makes it especially important for parents of teen drivers to ensure that their teens fully understand the driving risks and responsibilities and know how to safely operate a vehicle. Parents also need to ensure that those vehicles are safe to drive.
Male teen drivers are deadliest of all
The CDC says that male teen drivers are twice as likely to die in a car accident than female drivers in the same age range. Male teen drivers accounted for about 10% of 43,688 deadly accidents in 2011. A combination of excessive speed and alcohol consumption are especially deadly factors for male teen drivers, the passengers in their vehicles and innocent bystanders.
Car owners and drivers are liable when causing accidents
While teen drivers are especially at-risk when driving, many do not own the actual vehicles that they drive. Their parents and other benefactors often provide the vehicle and are liable for ensuring that it is safe for use on public roads. The car owners are also responsible for whomever they allow behind the wheel and could be liable for accidents that injure or kill others and cause property damage. If you were injured in an accident, an Oakland-area attorney who is experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases may be a strong asset by helping to review your situation and build the best possible case against liable parties.