We were all young drivers at one point, and we’ve all made mistakes
behind the wheel. However, some mistakes are definitely more egregious
than others, and those which result in car accidents and serious injuries
are the worst of the bunch. Therefore, if you are a young driver who is
just starting out behind the wheel, there are some things you should avoid
doing while driving at all costs. Let’s take a closer look at five
of them here on this blog.
Reckless driving, including speeding, is one of the top three causes of
car accidents and car accident injuries every year, and no group is more
vulnerable to it than teenagers. Your reflexes may be sharper and quicker
than an older driver, but you don’t have the ability to judge situations
as well as a more experienced driver. Don’t worry about other drivers;
follow the speed limit and you’ll be much safer.
Cell phones, music stations, GPS systems, eating lunch while driving, and
more are all distractions that can seriously limit a less-experienced
driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely. Perhaps the biggest
offender is text messaging, which has become a pivotal form of communication
for young people. Sending one text can take your eyes off the road for
nearly five seconds, which is long enough to drive the length of a football
field without looking at the road. A lot can change in that time, resulting
in potentially dangerous accidents.
Following Too Close
Similar to speeding, driving too close to the car in front is a sign of
a driver who may not know the type of distance it takes to stop their
car. If you follow too close, you significantly increase the risk of a
rear-end accident because you reduce the amount of time you have to react
to the car in front of you slowing down in order to press the brake and
stop your own car. Instead, follow at a reasonable distance and you’ll
significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end accident.
Having Teenage Passengers
A teenager driving their friends has been shown to be far more dangerous
than one driving around their parents. Teens often enjoy “showing
off” for their friends and engaging in reckless behavior, such as
speeding, recklessly changing lanes, tailgating, and taking their eyes
off the road. For this reason, Washington DC laws prohibit teenage drivers
from having more than one passenger, and that one passenger must also
be a licensed driver over the age of 21 (with the lone exception being
immediate family members).
Teenage drivers who make a mistake or need to quickly correct will often
slam on their brakes or jerk the wheel too hard and lose control of their
car, making an already-dangerous situation even worse. In many cases,
this mistake is caused by panic. However, this mistake can be easily avoided
by taking a defensive driving course that teaches a young driver how to
spot and avoid signs of a potential accident. The less you have to use
emergency avoidance and risk losing control of your car, the better.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a young driver, you should
not hesitate to contact a Washington DC car accident attorney from
Regan Zambri Long, PLLC. With more than 100 years of experience and more than $350 million recovered
on behalf of our clients, we have the experience and track record of success
you need to stand up and protect your rights. We are readily available
to meet the needs of our clients, and our uniquely-tailored counsel always
places your best interest and goals at the forefront of our strategy.
Call Regan Zambri Long, PLLC today at (202) 759-6699 to schedule a free consultation!