At Mahaney & Pappas, LLC, we represent people who were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes caused by other drivers. When we take a case, we investigate the accident to gather proof of the other driver’s fault, and we present that evidence to the insurance company to negotiate for fair compensation for our client. If that doesn’t work, we file a lawsuit.
When vehicle accidents involve young drivers, we've represented both teenaged victims of other drivers and clients who were injured by careless teen drivers. If you're in the latter category, we're happy to provide you with a free case evaluation.
Teen Drivers Are Often at Fault for Crashes
It would be unfair to assume that the teen driver is always at fault, but the police and insurance adjusters often make that assumption. Because of this, it may be easy for you to get the compensation you deserve from the teen driver’s insurance company. However, if the claim proves to be challenging, you should consult an experienced accident attorney.
At Mahaney & Pappas, we understand that automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely than older drivers to be in a fatal crash. This is due in large part to the following factors:
- Inexperience. Even with Massachusetts’ graduated license system for new drivers, teen drivers lack the experience necessary to respond appropriately in unexpected situations. Overcorrecting in a skid, failing to maintain a safe following distance, and misunderstanding traffic laws are common causes of accidents caused by inexperience.
- Distracted driving. Young drivers are easily distracted by passengers, playing music, and using their cell phones. These distractions, coupled with inexperience, are leading causes of teen crashes.
- Risk-taking. The novelty of having a driver’s license leads some teens to take unnecessary risks, such as speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, loading the car up with passengers, and even driving while intoxicated. Teenage boys are statistically the most likely demographic to engage in risky driving behaviors.
If a teen driver caused a crash that left you seriously injured and your medical bills will total over $2,000, you can hold them responsible for your losses.
Call Mahaney & Pappas for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have any questions about liability, Massachusetts’ no-fault car insurance laws, or your rights as an accident victim, contact our firm to schedule a free case evaluation. We'll explain your options and tell you how we can help you recover after a devastating crash, all at no cost or obligation to you. Please fill out our contact form on this page.