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Younger drivers put others in harm's way

Ideally, teen motorists in California will have at least 100 hours of supervised driving time before they drive on their own. Since younger drivers lack experience behind the wheel, they are more likely to be involved in deadly crashes. When a teen driver is in a vehicle with other teen passengers, the fatality risks increase even higher.

This is according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Statistics indicate that a teen driver has a 45 percent greater possibility of dying in a car crash when surrounded by other teens as passengers. However, the chance of a fatal wreck goes down 8 percent when the driver is in a vehicle with passengers who are 35 or older. In 2016, there were more than 3,200 deaths resulting from more than one million accidents caused by teen drivers.

AAA recommends that parents limit how often their teens drive with passengers. They should also limit how many passengers that they can have. Research has found that teen drivers may be at an increased risk of getting into an accident when driving at night. Other variables such as driving at speeds too fast for road conditions may also increase a teen driver's risk of getting into an accident.

After a motor vehicle accident, it may be worthwhile to file a personal injury lawsuit. This could help a crash victim obtain compensation for medical bills and other related damages. An attorney may help the victim in their effort to obtain a favorable outcome. Legal counsel might use a variety of physical and video evidence to show that a victim was hurt or otherwise suffered financial losses because of a negligent driver.

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