Teen Drivers, Texting, and Legal Liability

On the road, teens are young and dangerous when they’re behind the wheel of a car. Although they represent a relatively small fraction of the driving population, teens represent 20 percent of all accidents, causing tens of billions of dollars annually. In fact, first-year, teen drivers are ten times more likely to be involved in an accident.

 

Why are teens such dangerous drivers? Inexperience, overconfidence, and poor decision-making play their part. However, the uptick of teen driving accidents in recent years is more likely correlated with the increase in cell phone use of driving teens. Texting while driving isn’t just dangerous. It’s potentially fatal, as more than 5,000 distracted while driving fatalities in 2009 suggest.

 

Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

In the eyes of the law, teens aren’t just teens. They are minors and, more to the point, the dependents of their parents. As dependents, teens remain the responsibility of parents in a very real, legal sense. If parents fail to appropriately supervise their under-age child or if they contribute to a minor’s negligent behavior – such as arming them with both a car and a cell phone – then the parent may also be responsible for the child’s reckless conduct.

 

Have you or a loved one been injured as the result of a teen’s carelessness? The teen may not be the only member of his family responsible for your injuries. Find out how these legal concepts and many others may apply to your case by speaking with the attorneys and professionals at Fears | Nachawati today. With years of experience and dedicated expertise, we’re prepared to help you protect your rights.

 

About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:

 

http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Majed-Nachawati/78072729-2862-44a2-bde9-aafdeed8dba0.html

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