You’re well aware that another driver could cause an accident at any moment. You could be seriously injured. It doesn’t matter if you do everything right and follow all of the traffic laws and don’t make any mistakes. You could still get hurt because of someone else’s negligence.
But which drivers pose the highest risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main high-risk groups:
- Young drivers who are newly licensed. The first few months after a driver passes the tests and gets out on the road are the most dangerous. For instance, when you look at how many fatal wrecks there are per mile, those who are 16 and 17 years old cause twice as many as those who are 18 and 19 years old. Even just a few years of driving experience make a big difference.
- Teens who have passengers and friends in the car. The CDC notes that having more passengers leads to a higher crash risk, which goes up with every person you add into the equation. As much as teens enjoy driving around with their friends, it puts everyone at risk when they do it.
- Male drivers. Women simply get in fewer accidents. Reports show that male teen drivers crash twice as often as female teen drivers. While all teens face higher risks, it is clear that young men are the most dangerous of all.
So, what do you do if you get into a car accident with a negligent, high-risk driver? You need to look into all of your legal rights to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and much more.