Teen are inexperienced drivers, especially in the nighttime. In the state of Ohio, there are even nighttime restrictions for teens who have just begun to drive unsupervised. The reasons should be obvious. It is harder to see and be seen at night. It is also the time when fatigue reaches a peak, which can lead to trouble focusing.
In all, teens are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash at night than during the rest of the day. Research from the National Safety Council has found that 19% of fatal crashes involving teens aged 15 to 17 occur between 6 pm and 9 pm. Among fatal crashes involving 15- to 19-year-olds, almost 18% take place between 9 pm and midnight.
This is a crucial detail because it is during that six-hour period that many teens are coming home from school events, activities and work. However, this doesn’t mean that teens should never be out during this period. Parents can supervise their teens as they go out night driving a little bit at a time each week. They can then extend the hours as teens begin to acquire the needed skills.
There are any number of ways that teens can become negligent behind the wheel, though, and it doesn’t always have to be at night. When drowsy, distracted or drunk driving is behind motor vehicle accidents, those who are hurt through little or no fault of their own may be eligible for compensation.
A successful claim could reimburse plaintiffs for things like medical costs, rehabilitative care, lost wages, future lost income and pain and suffering. Before they file, though, victims might want a lawyer by their side, especially for negotiations. If negotiations do not pan out the way victims want, the lawyer may proceed to negotiations.