When you look at the high crash rates for young drivers — and especially for teen drivers — it may be tempting to say that teens are just more reckless and careless. In fact, there is some scientific research to back up that assessment.
Scientists know that human brain development typically continues until about age 25, and younger people’s brains may not have developed to the point of processing information as quickly as older people’s brains. In many cases, that means young people may be more inclined to make impulsive decisions behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
The role of inexperience in car accidents
Another issue to consider is the role of inexperience in crashes involving younger drivers. Studies have ranked inexperience as a main factor in these accidents. However, there is no realistic way for a driver to get hands-on experience without driving. Younger drivers must take on some inherent risks if they are going to get better at driving, and it is just statistically probable that a lot of young drivers are going to cause accidents. That is why it is so crucial that parents and others make a point of emphasizing the importance of safe driving.
What if you get injured in a crash with a younger driver?
No matter the age of the at-fault driver, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income and other costs resulting from the crash. This type of compensation is most often paid out by insurance companies — not teens or other young drivers — so no one should hesitate to bring a personal injury claim if injuries were caused by a younger driver’s negligence or recklessness. The important thing to understand is that you have options for getting the financial compensation you need and deserve.