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Deadly trifecta blamed for spike in fatal teen car accidents

Preparing young drivers to safely operate their vehicles is not an easy task. We take many steps as a society to help these drivers learn the skill of driving safely. We generally require the completion of some form of driver's education, book and road lessons as well as a final test before drivers can get their license.

Unfortunately, even with these precautions a recent study has found that the number of teen drivers that are involved in deadly auto accidents increased by 10 percent in 2015. This jump is particularly notable since it is not part of a growing trend. It marks the first increase in this category in almost ten years.

What has caused this spike in fatal accidents? A recent piece by CBS News discussed the study, noting the jump in teen fatalities can be attributed to three main factors. This deadly trifecta is composed of speeding, distraction and inexperience.

It may come as a surprise that adults are actually more dangerous drivers in many situations. More adults than teens admit to at least one of three components of the trifecta: distraction. According to the study, adults were more likely to talk on the phone while driving than teenagers. The main difference, according to researchers with the study, is experience.

One specific area of experience discussed within the study that needs to develop within these teen drivers is the ability to visually scan the road. This provides the driver with the information needed to operate his or her vehicle safely.

What about victims of these car crashes? Although the three main factors listed above cause a number of these accidents, they are not the only factors that can contribute to a car accident. Whether the driver responsible was young or old, distracted or speeding, victims of these accidents may be able to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions.

One option involves a civil suit. This suit, generally referred to as a personal injury suit, can result in monetary awards to the victim. These funds can be used to help cover the costs associated with the accident. These costs can include repair bills for your vehicle as well as medical care costs for any injuries.

If you are injured, it is wise to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. Your attorney will advocate for your rights and work to better ensure a favorable outcome. 

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