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Do new drivers take more risks?

Baton Rouge area residents may remember a time when they were a new driver. Whether it be when they were in their teens or later in life, being a new driver can be scary. It can be hard to remember how to drive the car and then also pay attention to everything going on around them.

Driving laws can be complicated and driver’s training does teach important information. But until they have more experience, new drivers may be dangerous on our roads and cause car accidents. New drivers may be riskier drivers on our area roads for several reasons. Some reasons may include the following.

Distracted drivers continue to pose a major risk to others who share the road

Every year there are new distractions for drivers. Cell phones are major players for distracted driving with their ability to communicate with others, check the internet and social media sites and use for navigation. Voice-activated systems in a person’s car can also be distracting. Younger drivers can also be distracted by anyone that rides with them in their car.

Teenagers feel invincible

Many new drivers are teenagers. As parents of teenagers know, their kids don’t always make the best decisions. In fact, a person’s brain isn’t fully developed until they’re in their 20s. That makes teenagers impulsive and risky with their behavior. A teenager may feel with the additional independence that driving can afford them, that they are immortal. They may take risks that other drivers would never take. Unfortunately, these risks are not just dangerous to their own lives but to all the other people they meet on the roads.

If a person has been injured in an accident due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can review the circumstances surrounding the accident and help get answers the family deserves as to what happened to their loved one. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

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