It has become a disturbing trend across Miami-Dade County. Juveniles are getting behind the wheel and causing chaos on the streets. On January 10, a 14-year-old boy found a stolen car and crashed it into a tree. Kevin Flores was eventually caught by police and taken into custody on grand theft charges after leaving the scene of a car accident with injuries. Another boy, 10-year-old Rafael Estrugo, was found injured at the scene and charged with a misdemeanor. Police believe a third juvenile may have also been a passenger in the vehicle.
Teen Drivers Have Higher Accident Rates
While the above story is an extreme case, the overall statistics on legal teen drivers are alarming. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. One in three teen wrongful deaths are also the result of car accidents. Legal drivers between the ages of 16-19 are four times more likely to get into a car accident than older age groups. Obviously, inexperience comes into play. But there are other important factors involved. Here are a few.
- Teens are more likely to overestimate dangerous situations and less likely to recognize them
- Teen drivers are more likely to engage in aggressive driving habits, such as speeding, tailgating and distracted driving. (Texting)
- Teen drivers are least likely to use safety belts, which significantly increases their chances of serious injury or death.
Parents are ultimately responsible if their child causes an accident. The consequences can be severe. Although Florida is a no-fault state, an accident caused by a negligent driver can result in a personal injury or possible wrongful death lawsuit. It can also cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket. The victim or their family is entitled to seek proper compensation to pay for damages, medical and lost property. It is important for parents to instill the good driving habits in their children well before they ever get behind the wheel. Make sure they practice these habits on a daily basis. If they are not able to demonstrate safe driving techniques, parents need to act accordingly and take away driving privileges.
A Miami Car Accident Attorney Can Help
Personal injury lawsuits involving teen car accidents in Miami are far too common. Although Florida’s no-fault laws protect the parents in these situations, the accident victim is still entitled to collect damages for their injuries, damages along with pain and suffering. One car accident can turn anyone’s life upside down. Some accidents can cause life altering catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis or the loss of a limb. The best solution is to contact an experienced Miami car accident attorney that can aggressively fight for the rights of clients and look out for their best interests.
Contact Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. Today
One car accident can change your life forever. In addition to the physical and emotional scars, there are huge financial responsibilities that need to be met. The Miami personal injury attorneys at Neufeld Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. have successfully represent numerous victims of teen car accidents. Their team of legal professional is committed to protecting the rights of accident victims and placing them in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact their office today and discover how a Miami car accident attorney can help.