Knoxville Teen Driver Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. Statistics from GuardChild showed that (1) 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving, and (2) talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident as well as slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old. Needless to say, when there are teen drivers on the road, there is a high risk of a collision that could result in devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a teen driver accident, you should contact the Knoxville car accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz – the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. Our firm of over 30 lawyers and more than 120 staff members has been representing people injured in Knoxville, across Tennessee, and throughout the rest of the South for over 30 years. To date, NST has recovered damages upwards of $1 billion for injured victims and their families via settlements, jury verdicts, and judgments.Recovering Damages After a Teen Driver Accident
Teen driver accidents can happen due to many forms of negligence, such as the following:
- Cell phone use while driving (e.g., calling, texting, checking emails, etc.)
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Failing to yield
For example, let us say that you are driving in Knox County on Hiawassee Avenue, heading toward Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park. You notice a teen driver in the vehicle behind you who seems to be preoccupied with their phone rather than focused on driving. You approach a stop sign, so you slow down and come to a complete stop. The teen driver behind you, on the other hand, fails to stop due to being focused on their cell phone, resulting in the teen driver rear-ending you and causing you to sustain whiplash and head trauma.
While the teen driver in the previous example may likely be held liable for the collision, the outcome is not guaranteed. Issues regarding ownership and permissive use of the vehicle could arise. The teenager could possibly make allegations of comparative fault, e.g., asserting that your brake lights did not work, claiming that you were driving erratically, etc. Since the State of Tennessee uses modified comparative negligence, you could potentially see your recovery significantly reduced if a jury finds you at fault; you could even be barred from your compensation altogether if your percentage of blame exceeds 49%. You should hire a knowledgeable car accident attorney in Knoxville to defend you against accusations of comparative fault.
When seeking compensation after this type of car wreck, you will likely need to establish the teen driver's negligence by a preponderance of the evidence in order to recover damages. You may also be able to hold the parents of the teen driver liable for the accident for negligence like negligent entrustment or negligent supervision. Once liability has been established, you can shift the focus to damages. Depending on your losses and injuries, you may be awarded compensatory damages for monetary losses, such as medical bills and lost wages, and intangible losses, which may include pain and suffering and disfigurement.Explore Your Options with a Skilled Car Crash Lawyer in the Knoxville Area
While teenagers learning to drive is a part of life, it is hard to deny the grim possibilities that can manifest from teen driver accidents. The personal injury attorneys of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz may be able to represent you and help you recover damages if you have been injured in an accident. Our firm serves injured victims in Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, Caruthersville, and other communities across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Let us show you why NST is the way to go if you need a Knoxville lawyer.