Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting times in a teenager’s life. However, it also marks a very dangerous period in a teenager’s life. Motor vehicle accidents are not only the leading cause of death of teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19, but this age group also has the highest risk of crashes. On average, 220 teens are killed in America each month in car accidents.
Not surprisingly, although 15- to 24-year-olds make up only 14% of the total American population, they produce almost a third of all expenses that result from motor vehicle injuries. And this figure doesn’t even include related costs, such as increased insurance premiums, auto repairs and maintenance, and fines that result from traffic citations.
A recent study ranked all 50 states in terms of their environment for teenage drivers, looking at 16 different factors, including the number of teen driver fatalities, the state’s impaired driving laws, and the average cost of car repairs. Unfortunately, Wisconsin did not rank high on the list. In fact, Wisconsin was the 8th worst state in the nation when it comes to teenage driving conditions.
Wisconsin has taken steps to improve the environment for teenage drivers in some ways. For instance, the state of Wisconsin recommends that teenage drivers and their parents enter into a safe driving contract, which establishes the rules for teenage drivers, as set by the parents, as well as the consequences of breaking those rules. Wisconsin also has launched a teen driver safety campaign designed to help educate teenagers about the dangers of teen driving and behaviors that contribute to traffic accidents.
When a traffic accident occurs as a result of a driver’s negligence, and causes injury to a passenger, driver of another vehicle, or even a pedestrian, the injured individual may have a claim for damages under Wisconsin law. However, there are strict time limits on personal injury claims in the state of Wisconsin, and you can lose your right to compensation if you do not consult an experienced lawyer in time. Don’t delay in contacting the Madison personal injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan today, and set up your free consultation today.