A decade ago, New Jersey adopted the Graduated Driver’s License law to help bring down the number of fatal car accidents that involved teenagers. Basically, the law restricts the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle driven by a teen and limits the use of electronic devices in the vehicle while driving. According NJ.com, the number of fatal car crashes that involve teens is down about 42 percent since New Jersey adopted this law 10 years ago. In 2010, 33 teenagers were killed in car accidents in New Jersey, which is the lowest number of total teen car accident fatalities since 2001.
The most common causes of teen car crashes in New Jersey are speeding, distracted driving and driver inexperience. Parents would be well-advised to teach their teens safe driving habits, to limit their teens’ nighttime driving, not allow multiple teenagers in one vehicle at a time, and to completely ban cell phone use while driving. It is also the responsibility of parents to lead by example. If your teen sees you talking on a cell phone or texting while driving, they are likely to do the same.
When a minor is injured in a New Jersey car crash, the victim’s family may pursue financial compensation on the minor’s behalf. By filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, compensation may be available for losses such as hospital bills, medical expenses such as rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and more. Although these laws have significantly reduced the number of car crashes that involve teens, there are still thousands of young people in our country who are seriously injured or killed in car accidents every year.
The experienced Princeton car crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein provide free consultations to anyone who has been injured in a car accident in New Jersey caused by a negligent motorist. We will fight for your rights, remain on your side, and hold the negligent parties liable for your injuries, damages, and other accident-related losses. Call 609-240-0040 today to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.