Boca Raton Attorneys Asserting the Rights of Car Crash Victims
Obtaining a driver’s license is a milestone celebrated by many teenagers, but teen drivers often lack the experience and skills needed to operate a vehicle. Thus, teen driver accidents are common occurrences. All drivers are obligated by law to drive safely, regardless of their age, however, and teen drivers should be held liable for any harm that they cause due to their unsafe driving. If you were injured in a teen driver accident, you should meet with an attorney to discuss your potential claims. The diligent Boca Raton car accident lawyers at The Grife Law Firm are proficient in aiding injured people with pursuing damages following collisions across South Florida.
Florida Laws Regarding Teen Drivers
Under Florida Statute 322.1615, teenagers can obtain a learner driver’s license at age 15, if they meet the statutory requirements. If a teenage driver has had a learner driver’s license for 12 months, he or she may be able to obtain a driver’s license at the age of 16. Pursuant to Florida Statute 322.16, however, drivers under the age of 18 are restricted regarding when they are permitted to drive alone. At certain times, they must either be on the way to or from work or accompanied by a person who is 21 or older.
Notably, Florida Statute 322.09 specifically provides that a driver’s license application by a person under 18 must be signed by the person’s parent or guardian unless the person has been emancipated by marriage. The Statute further provides that the signatory parent or guardian will be held severally and jointly liable with the minor driver for any harm caused by his or her negligence or willful misconduct.
Causes of Teen Driver Accidents
While teen driver accidents can arise under any circumstances, some causes are more common than others. For example, teen drivers are more likely to be distracted by cell phones or social media sites, and distracted drivers frequently cause accidents. Teen drivers also may drive at an excessively high speed, which may cause them to lose control of the car or diminish their ability to stop in time to avoid a collision. Teen driver accidents are often caused by a lack of experience as well since teen drivers often lack familiarity with the roads on which they are traveling and may not know how to handle poor weather or road conditions. Teen drivers who lack confidence are more likely to make hasty, ill-advised driving decisions and inadvertently cause an accident.
Recovering Compensation Following an Accident Caused by a Teen Driver
Generally, most lawsuits that arise out of teen driver accidents allege that the teen driver’s negligent actions caused the collision. To show that a teen driver’s negligence brought about an accident, you must prove that the driver had a duty to comport with a standard of care and that he or she breached the duty. Then, you must establish that the breach caused the accident and that you suffered calculable damages because of the accident. If you prove that the teen driver is liable, you may be awarded compensation from the driver and, if the driver is under 18, from the parent or guardian who signed the driver’s application for a license. Damages that our attorneys may be able to recover for you include the cost of medical bills, lost earnings, and payment for the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Turn To A Boca Raton Teen Driver Accidents Attorney At The Grife Law Firm
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If your teen has been injured in a car accident, you should contact a Boca Raton teen driver accident attorney at The Grife Law Firm to get guidance and help seeking justice and compensation. We help families throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, including in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Call us at 855-998-0770 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
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