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Some of worst car accidents involving teens are in Orange County

According to the Auto Club of Southern California, the number one cause of injuries and deaths of teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 is auto accidents. Two crashes in Orange County in the last three years killed 10 teens. And, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 2600 teenaged drivers died in motor vehicle accidents throughout the country in 2013.

One unique factor in accidents involving a teenaged driver is whether he or she is old enough to be sued for compensation for injuries you have suffered. If you have been involved in one of these accidents, an attorney who handles cases involving motor vehicle accidents can help determine whether the teenager should be the target of litigation or if the parents who own the car or another party should be involved.

Officials cite several reasons for the number of accidents involving teenagers, which increased in California from 180 in 2012 to 204 in 2013. Those reasons include:

  • inexperience;
  • driving while distracted;
  • driving under the influence;
  • and peer pressure.

Distracted driving is the biggest issue. Distracted teen drivers were a factor in 89 percent of crashes involving vehicles leaving the road and 76 percent of rear-end collisions, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Interacting with others in the car was the most common distraction, with cellphone use as the second most common. These two factors caused over one-fourth of auto accidentsinvolving teen drivers. Other distractions included looking at something inside or outside of the vehicle and moving or singing to music.

California's Graduated Driver License law is one method that the state is using to try to reduce these alarming numbers. It requires drivers with instructional permits to complete 50 hours of driving with a licensed parent, guardian or other licensed driver over the age of 25 in the car. Those with provisional licenses cannot drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. or drive with passengers younger than 20 for the first year.

One trauma center in Orange County treats close to 150 pediatric patients per year. One emergency room doctor says that 40 percent of these trauma patients are there because of motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers. Given these statistics, the likelihood of being in an accident caused by a teen driver is far too strong.

Source: Orange County Register, "Driver safety groups step up education as teen fatalities climb," Susan Carpenter, Oct. 8, 2015

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