Statistically, teen drivers are more likely than drivers in other age groups to be involved in motor vehicle accidents. This is because they are less experienced than others who travel on roads and highways in New York and elsewhere. It is also because they may not be able to handle inclement weather conditions or remain calm when they are traveling on unfamiliar roads.
Winter driving is difficult
Driving during the winter months can be extremely difficult in states like New York because roads are frequently covered in snow or ice. You also have to account for the fact that you are often driving at night or during periods of low light. Even if the weather is good, motorists have to contend with sleet and slush being thrown at their windshields, which can reduce visibility. Younger drivers generally don’t have the ability to handle such adversity as well as those who have been driving for many years or decades.
Driving while impaired is dangerous
Teenagers have a tendency to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so can make it harder to maintain a lane, make a turn in a safe manner or drive at a speed that is safe for road conditions. In addition to possibly being liable for damages in a personal injury case, driving while under the influence may result in criminal charges.
In New York, motorists under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol level is .02% or higher. Motorists over the age of 21 are generally not considered over the legal limit until their blood alcohol levels exceed .08%.
If you are hurt in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. It may be possible to use witness statements, video footage or other evidence to prove that a defendant acted in a negligent manner. A financial award may make it easier to pay for medical bills, repair your vehicle or recoup other losses related to another motorist’s poor behavior.