Teen drivers more liable to crash after they are licensed

Arizona residents might think that teen drivers become safer the longer they drive under adult supervision and that they become especially so once they have obtained their license, but it seems that the opposite is true. Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health conducted a study comparing the driving of teens who had been licensed for three months to that of teens who were three months away from obtaining a license.

The former were found to raise their risk for a crash or near-miss by eight times when compared to the latter. The sudden absence of adult supervision that comes with getting a license may leave teens unable to navigate certain situations. For this reason, researchers recommend a gradual reduction in adult supervision as teens come nearer to obtaining their license.

For their study, researchers monitored 90 teen drivers (accompanied, at the learner's permit stage, by 131 parent participants) from their first days as drivers with a permit through their first full year as licensed drivers. Each car was fitted with special software, including cameras that observed drivers and the road.

Newly licensed drivers were noted for their excessively quick acceleration, harsh braking and severe turns. On a positive note, teens could drive more safely than adults at night and in bad weather.

Whatever their age, though, negligent drivers will be responsible for any accidents they cause. Those who believe they have a case against a driver's auto insurance company may want to hire a motor vehicle accident attorney. It all begins with a case assessment. If the grounds are good, the attorney might request the help of third parties like investigators, crash reconstruction experts, photographers, expert witnesses and medical professionals. Victims may let their attorney negotiate for a fair settlement or take the case to court.

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