"[T]hey don't even see the crashes coming and that's just insane."
So says a director with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in implying a strong message to parents and other caregivers in New Mexico and nationally.
That is this: Keep close tabs on your teenage drivers, because they are especially vulnerable when it comes to car accidents and resulting injuries.
In fact, data relied upon by AAA and derived from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supports this conclusion: Teen motorists are always at heightened risk when behind the wheel, and that is especially true now, with the summer months resulting in more young motorists on the roads.
There are lots of reasons why New Mexico's youngest drivers and their peers nationally become involved in motor vehicle accidents. Most fundamentally, of course, that involvement owes to a collective lack of judgment for that group; they just haven't spent enough time in the driver's seat to routinely make the right decisions.
That naturally leads to this question: What can parents across the state do to make their kids better drivers and to cut down on accident risks?
Helping to reduce the distractions is one obvious accident-curbing strategy.
"It's no secret that teens are extremely connected to their cell phones," says one safety advocate. Insisting on a no-phone-while-driving rule will unquestionably bring greater safety to New Mexico roadways.
What should you do if your teen driver gets in a car accident?
Enlisting the timely help of an experienced personal injury attorney well versed in accident claims is a sound idea, especially given the complexities that can feature in a given case. Fault can be an issue (with it certainly being important to note that teen motorists are not always at fault in vehicle crashes and are often injured as the result of third-party negligence). Insurance matters almost always loom large following an accident.
And, as we note on our website at the Albuquerque personal injury law firm of Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus, P.C., "Injuries come in all shapes and sizes."
That means that close analysis from a proven legal team can help ensure that all accident-related injuries are identified and that compensation is pursued for them that can contribute to a meaningful recovery.
An experienced personal injury attorney can answer questions and provide additional information regarding this important area of law.
In Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, Giddens, Gatton & Jacobus' personal injury team takes an aggressive approach to representing clients. We have a proven track record handling: motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims, medical malpractice, and more.
You can contact us by calling 505-273-3720 or by completing a form on our Contact page. We are happy to make appointments at a time and place that is convenient for you, especially if your injuries are significant and you are unable to visit our Albuquerque office.