As stated by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there are at least 815,000 licensed teens in Florida. Anyone of these teens can be involved in a driving accident at any moment. If you were in a car accident with a teen, a Tampa teen driving accident lawyer can help you get compensation for the damages that were caused. The damage that you sustained should not be your burden to bear alone.
The office of Chalik & Chalik can help you fight for your compensation to cover damages related to your car accident. Our lawyers will work with you personally to ensure you know what is happening with your claim. Call (813) 879-3719 today to see what options are available to you.
Teen Driving Accidents in Florida
In Florida in 2017, there were 17,065 car accidents involving teens between the ages of 15 and 17, according to the FLHSMV. Teens are at a much higher risk of being in an accident. They do not have as much knowledge or experience when driving on the road. However, teens also have some limitations to if and when they can use their driver’s license.
Parents Can Rescind Their License
Parents can take away their minor’s license for any reason they deem fit. They do not even need an explanation. They have control over whether or not their child has a driver’s license.
License Can Be Restricted
If a teen gets more than six points on their record within 12 months, their license is restricted to being used for business purposes only until they turn 18 or for 12 months, whichever is shorter.
Zero Tolerance for Drunk Driving
There is a zero-tolerance policy for drinking and driving under the age of 21. If someone under 21 is caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .02 percent or more, their license is suspended for six months. Their license is suspended for 12 months if they refuse to test for blood alcohol content.
Possession of Tobacco
If a teen under the age of 18 is charged with possession of tobacco products, their license will be suspended for 30 days.
School Attendance is Necessary
Teens with a driver’s license must comply with school attendance policies. If they do not adhere to the attendance policy, their license will be suspended until they can prove they have been in compliance for 30 days or more.
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Causes of Teen Driving Accidents
There are a few reasons teens are at higher risk of being in a driving accident. Teens are more prone to making poor decisions on the road. They can also often be swayed by the pressure of their peers. Teens might be showing off to their friends that are in the vehicle when they cause a car accident. Teens are also at risk for driving accidents due to:
- Lack of driving experience
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drinking and driving
- Following too close
- Not following driving laws
These are many things that everyone is at risk for when they drive. However, teens have much less driving experience to be able to handle difficult situations on the road. Parents of teens have the ability to reduce the amount of time teens are on the road or inflicting driving curfews, so there will be no night driving. These are just a few things parents can do to reduce their teens driving risk.
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Compensation You Could Receive
If you were in a teen-related driving accident, you could get compensation for the injuries and damages you sustained. Teens are at a higher risk of being in driving-related accidents, but you should not have to pay for the damage inflicted. A Tampa teen driving accident lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.
If you were in a car accident, your vehicle most likely sustained some damages. Whether your car has minor damages or needs replaced entirely, you could be entitled to compensation for the damage.
Even the most minor injuries can be expensive when it comes to medical bills. These medical expenses can add up quickly. You could be compensated for emergency room costs, doctor’s office visits, treatment costs, and any other expenses you acquire.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is the physical and emotional damages inflicted on you due to your car accident. Car accidents can be a stressful and damaging experience. You could be compensated for the pain and suffering you endure.
Loss of Income
If you had to miss work due to your car accident, you could be compensated for your loss of income during this time. Whether you had to use paid or unpaid time off, you deserve to be compensated for time lost.
If your injury was severe enough, you might have to make a career change. You might not be able to have a physical job due to your injury. This could reduce your income. Your difference in income will be looked at when determining fair compensation.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
If you need rehabilitation or physical therapy because of your injury, you could be compensated for these expenses.
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How Chalik & Chalik Can Help
A Tampa teen driving accident lawyer can help support your claim by gathering the needed information to have a strong claim. The office of Chalik & Chalik is here to help you and advocate for you during this process. Being in a car accident is a stressful experience. The process of getting compensation can be confusing and complicated. The office of Chalik & Chalik will work with you to make sure you understand the process and everything that is going on.
We will fight to recover compensation on your behalf. Chalik & Chalik can be the main point of contact with other lawyers and insurance companies to get you fair compensation. Call (813) 879-3719 today to schedule your free consultation. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started.
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