Teenage Driving: Getting Compensated for Personal Injuries Caused by Reckless Behavior
The number of car accidents caused by teenage drivers is a growing concern for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. In many cases, teenagers engage in risky behaviors while driving, leading to injuries and fatalities. In some cases, parents of teenage drivers may be held liable for injuries and other damages.
Understanding the laws related to auto accidents caused by teenage drivers is the first step to getting the compensation to help you recover from your injuries.
Risks Related to Teenage Driving
Teenagers are considered high-risk drivers, and insurance providers typically charge higher premiums for protecting young drivers.
The increased risk that teenage drivers pose to themselves and others is one of the reasons why parents can be held accountable for any damages they may cause on the roadways.
Like all drivers, teenagers must adhere to the standards that are in place to keep motorists safe. Young drivers and their insurance providers are responsible for covering the costs related to medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by reckless driving.
Georgia Laws for Teenage Drivers
Georgia’s Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) requires teenage drivers to go through a three-step process that begins with an instructional permit allowing 15-year olds to drive while accompanied by an adult with a Class C license.
This is followed by the receipt of an intermediate license that allows teenagers to drive with restrictions.
The third step occurs when the driver receives a full Class C driver’s license once the prior two steps are completed and no violations have occurred.
Vicarious liability laws hold parents responsible for the reckless behaviors of teenage drivers. But vicarious liability may not apply in cases where the parent or legal guardian is unable to supervise the teenager’s behavior.
Consulting with an experienced attorney will help you determine when the parents of a teenage driver can be held liable for your injuries and damages.
Legal Protection from Teenage Drivers
If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by a teenage driver, you may be able to obtain compensation from the driver and his or her parents. But there are a number of factors that determine what is possible in your particular case.
Your personal injury attorney’s office can help you review the details of your accident to determine the scope of your case.
Having the right legal resources and taking legal action as soon as possible can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you know have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, contact CP Law Group today at 1-844-5-I’M-HURT (1-844-546-4878) to get the help you deserve. Contact Us.