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Teenage car accidents -- nighttime driving increases risks

It is a well-known fact that, once the sun sets and the night sets in, visibility decreases. The decrease in visibility makes it hard to have a clear picture of one's surroundings, but it is also more difficult for one to be seen. Nightfall is also the time of day when there is an increase in car accidents.

Even experienced California drivers are more prone to accidents while driving at night, but teenagers driving at night are at a substantial higher risk to be involved in an accident. The six hours between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. are of the most dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers to take the wheel. Statistically, it has been proved that fatal crashes are three times more likely to occur when a driver is between 16 and 17 years of age and is driving at night. Teenage drivers do not even have to be out very late, as research indicates that nearly 20 percent of fatal accidents involving 15- to 17-year-old drivers happen between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m., 18 percent of accidents involving 15- to 19-year-olds happens.

To keep their children safe, many parents may think the answer lies in not letting their teenager drive at night. This may not be the best point of departure. Skills are only developed through practice, and this is also true for driving at night. Supervising a teenager when driving at night may be a better option; if that is not possible, it may be prudent to allow them to gradually become used to night-driving by extending the hours they may be out over a period of time, as they gain confidence, instead of being a danger on the road.

California law allows victims of car accidents, or their families, the choice to file a claim against a driver, and/or vehicle owner, deemed negligent or reckless. Should an investigation into an accident prove negligence as the root cause of the accident, a civil court may award financial damages to the seriously injured victim or bereaved family. Victims and/or their families may benefit from consulting a personal injury lawyer experienced in dealing with such cases for an evaluation of their individual cases and advice on how to proceed.

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