It should come as no surprise that inexperienced drivers are responsible for a disproportionate number of Maryland car accidents. Indeed, according to the Maryland Highway Safety Office, there are approximately 15,800 accidents caused by motorists between the ages of 16 and 20 each year, resulting in about 87 deaths per year. This accounts for roughly 16% of all of the traffic fatalities in Maryland.
Maryland lawmakers have implemented a graduated licensing program to help ensure that those who drive on Maryland roads are properly educated and have the requisite amount of experience before getting behind the wheel on their own. First, new drivers must obtain a learner’s permit, and then a provisional license. And finally, assuming the new driver has passed all of the required tests and has been free of a traffic conviction, the new driver will be given a driver’s license.
While new drivers do have to jump through a number of hoops before they are able to obtain their license in Maryland, the fact remains that new drivers frequently cause car accidents. This may be due to a lack of experience, questionable judgment, distraction, or intoxication. In any case, the law does not excuse a driver from liability merely because they are new to driving. Those who have been injured in a Maryland car accident caused by a young or inexperienced driver may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to seek compensation related to the injuries sustained in the accident.
Teen Driver Runs Stop Sign, Killing Two
Earlier this month, an accident on a Florida highway claimed the lives of two teens and seriously injured two others. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the two-vehicle accident occurred when a car being driven by an unnamed teenager ran through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. After the initial collision, the teens’ car flipped upside down and landed in a road-side ditch.
A 15-year-old died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the accident. Two other teens were hospitalized with serious injuries. A third person was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the fatal accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland teen driver accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled injury attorneys at the Maryland-based law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience handling a wide range of car accident cases, including those involving young and inexperienced drivers. To learn more about how you can pursue a claim for damages, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Which Damages Are Appropriate When a Party Acts in Bad Faith, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published May 9, 2017.
Court Refuses to Consider Driver’s Negligence When Hearing “Crashworthiness” Case, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published June 2, 2017.