About Our Teen Driver Accident Attorneys
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision than any other age group. If a young person’s carelessness caused a crash in Florida, the car accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can explain your rights and help you pursue a claim for compensation. With more than 50 years of collective experience in the law, we offer diligent guidance and advocacy to crash victims.
Teen Driver Accidents in Florida
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatality rate per mile for drivers between 16 and 19 years of age is three times higher than for drivers age 20 and over. Teens aged 16 or 17 are most at risk of being involved in a fatal crash. In Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 34,341 teen crashes in 2012.
Driving Restrictions for Teens in Florida
Lack of experience, susceptibility to distractions, and immaturity are some factors that contribute to teen driver accidents. Because of their inexperience, Florida has implemented a graduated driver licensing system.
Teens must first obtain a learner’s license and then an intermediate license before getting their actual driver’s license. Both the learner and intermediate licenses impose driving restrictions on teens. For example, an intermediate license driver can only drive between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., unless he or she is accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 21 and that driver is in the front passenger seat.
Hold a Careless Teen Driver Accountable for Your Injuries
Teen drivers are liable for the accidents they cause. When a young person causes a crash, it is usually the result of negligence. This occurs when there is a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonable and prudent person would exercise under similar circumstances.
All drivers of any age must use care behind the wheel to avoid injuries to themselves and others. Teen drivers, however, are more likely to engage in careless driving behavior, such as speeding and distracted driving. They may also lack the maturity to properly assess risks on the road. You can hold the teen driver in your case accountable by proving that his or her failure to act with reasonable care caused your injuries.
Under certain circumstances, a driver may be negligent as a matter of law. If a teen was behind the wheel while intoxicated, you may assert a claim under negligence per se. This is when a person violates a statute intended to protect a certain group of people from a particular type of harm. Florida specifically outlaws driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The state will immediately suspend the license of anyone under the age of 21 who drives with a blood-alcohol level of .02% or more. If the teen driver in your case is convicted of a DUI, he or she may be found negligent per se.
Similarly, you can hold a teen driver liable if he or she was texting when the accident occurred. Florida universally bans texting-while-driving. If a driver engages in this careless behavior, there is a rebuttable presumption that he or she was negligent as a matter of law.
Contact Our Florida Teen Accident Lawyers
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our North Tampa injury lawyers can provide the legal advocacy you need if you were harmed by the carelessness of a teen driver. We offer our clients dedicated and compassionate assistance in asserting the right to compensation. Our attorneys can discuss the details of your situation and the options you may have under the law.
We represent clients in Pasco County, Lutz, and Hillsborough, among other South Florida areas. To schedule a free consultation, please give us a call or contact us via our online form.