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Why teens in TN are at a high risk of dying in a car accident

| Oct 8, 2020 | Car Accidents |

A study has revealed that teenage drivers are four times as likely as adults to die in car accidents. According to researchers, distracted driving is the likely cause of the leading cause of death for teenagers. Teenagers are much more likely than adults to use smartphones, interact with passengers and look away from the road while they’re driving.

What kinds of behaviors are teenagers more likely to engage in?

According to the study, the majority of teens who engaged in distracted driving were looking at their smartphone. The second biggest cause of distracted driving was adjusting controls on the vehicle, followed by attending to one’s appearance. A small percentage of teenagers engaged in eating and drinking while driving.

The study noted that female teenagers were twice as likely as males to use their phone while driving. However, male teenagers were twice as likely as females to turn their bodies and look away from the road while driving.

The teenagers in the study also altered their behavior depending on the passengers in the vehicle. They were much less likely to use their smartphone if they were traveling with an adult. However, they were more than twice as likely to engage in distracted driving when they were traveling with multiple teenage peers, increasing their risk of auto accidents.

How can a victim receive compensation after an auto accident?

After suffering from a car accident, a victim might be able to seek compensation from the driver who was responsible for the crash. They might seek compensation for medical bills, emotional damages, loss of wages, permanent disability, physical injuries, vehicle damage and at-home care. Working with an attorney, the victim might be able to successfully sue the driver, their insurance company or the vehicle manufacturer in the case of a faulty vehicle.