In Idaho, there are drivers of every age on the road, and potentially any of them can cause an accident. If you have been injured, or if a family member has been hurt or killed in an auto accident, one of the first things you need to do is hire an injury attorney to help you determine who is responsible so that you can be compensated for your losses. If the driver is a teen, there is a higher likelihood that inexperience or reckless behavior was to blame.
Teen Drivers More Accident Prone
Statistically, teen drivers are more likely to get into a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident than adult drivers. Inexperience behind the wheel and a propensity toward high-risk behavior, such as drinking, using electronic devices, and allowing other passengers to distract them, all add up to make teenage drivers the most accident-prone group of drivers. The state of Idaho has addressed this issue in part by adopting graduated licensing laws that restrict nighttime driving and passenger privileges for teens with new licenses. In Idaho, additional requirements are in place that verifies school enrollment as a condition for holding a driver’s license. But despite efforts to adopt extra precautions with teens, car accidents involving teens in Boise are happening all too often.
The Teen Factor in Your Injuries
Distracted driving is a key factor in over half of crashes involving teen drivers. In most cases, the teen has made a critical error where they have not properly scanned their surroundings or were going too fast. These facts, coupled with the inexperience of being a new driver lead to a greater risk of an accident. If you have been injured in an accident involving a teen driver, there may be much to consider when building a case for your injury claim. At Litster Frost Injury Lawyers in Boise Idaho, we can help investigate what really happened in an accident, including factors that are common to accidents caused by teen drivers such as distracted driving, alcohol, and speeding.
Building Your Case
In order to help us build the best case possible, and have the best chance of getting a fair settlement from the insurance company we will need to know as much about the accident as we can. Photos of the scene of the accident as well as of damage to all involved vehicles and property will be very useful. Witness statements and the police report will also play a key role in determining who was at fault. Getting prompt medical attention for yourself is also important since there are often injuries sustained in an accident that do not immediately manifest. This also builds a stronger link between your medical issues and the accident and makes it less likely that there will be a claim that your injuries were the result of something else. For more direction on what steps to take after a crash involving a teen driver contact Litster Frost Injury Lawyers in Boise to schedule a consultation.
Your Rights As a Motorist:
- You have the right to full compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, other costs, and any long-term disabilities.
- You have the right to have the insurance company honor their policy and pay covered claims.
- You have the right to refuse to accept any settlement offer by the insurance company unless you are fully satisfied with it.
- You have the right to pursue legal action to recover any damages not covered by insurance.
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Comparative Negligence Rule
COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE RULE
Idaho follows the comparative negligence rule, which means that a court will look at both parties’ actions and level of fault in the case of a motorcycle accident.
Even if you were both driving irresponsibly, if the other driver was driving more carelessly, then you may still have a case. It’s important to recognize, however, that any fault on your part will limit the amount of damages which you can receive.
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