Charlotte Teenage Driver Accident Attorneys

At Dewey, Ramsay, & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte car accident attorneys know that when kids approach driving age, they become excited about the newfound freedom that comes with obtaining a North Carolina driver’s license.

Unfortunately, their inexperience behind the wheel can lead to severe traffic collisions, injuries, and fatalities that are compounded by driver negligence — like speeding, driving under the influence, and cellphone use.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 2,042 people were killed across the nation last year by teenage drivers.

According to the North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts, the average number of teen-driver crashes that occur in our state each year is 49,000.

Those crashes result in an average of 10,100 injuries and 80 fatalities.

If you have been injured or lost someone you love in a collision caused by the negligence of a teenage driver, contact our Mecklenburg County personal injury law firm today.

Your first meeting will be with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney, so you can immediately understand your legal rights and options to pursue the negligent and inexperienced driver that caused your harm.

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What are the Most Common Causes of Teenage Driver Accidents in North Carolina?

Besides their inexperience, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles lists four main causes of teenage driver accidents throughout the state.

They include behaviors that led to the following tragic statistics throughout the state last year:

  • 975 alcohol-related crashes that caused 446 injuries, and nine fatalities
  • 3,072 speed-related crashes that caused 1,327 injuries, and 33 fatalities
  • 9,190 lane departure-related crashes that caused 3,825 injuries, and 62 fatalities
  • 10,184 distracted driving-related crashes that caused 2,145 injuries, and five fatalities

We know being injured by a negligent teenage driver is a complicated and confusing time and want to provide the legal clarity our clients need to make informed decisions about the direction of their cases.

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, our Charlotte car accident lawyers believe in keeping our caseloads small, so we can manage each with a personalized approach, devoting the time and integrity our clients deserve to produce expedient, maximum results.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue fair compensation, and more importantly, justice for you.

Who is Responsible for North Carolina Crashes Caused by Teenage Drivers?

All teenage driver accidents are reviewed by our law firm based on the facts of the case, which often involves some liability by the parents.

While parents cannot directly control their teenager’s actions behind the wheel — especially if they are not inside the car while they are operating the vehicle — they may hold some liability in the crash.

That is because teenagers often drive family vehicles that are registered in their parents’ names.

What is more, the insurance policy that protects the driver after a crash also typically belongs to the parents.

When our Charlotte car accident lawyers pursue the liable party — which can include teenage drivers — we will focus on their insurance coverage to pay for our client’s overall recovery needs.

When the insurance policy belongs to the parents, it is their coverage limits that will be pursued for the maximum payout.

Parents generally will not be liable for their teen driver once the child reaches the age of 18, or when the child legally owns the vehicle.

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, our Charlotte personal injury lawyers fight for each of our new clients just as we have while recovering millions of dollars for injury victims throughout North Carolina in past cases to ensure they can heal efficiently, and that their expenses are covered, and dignity restored.

What Can Parents Do To Help Their North Carolina Teens Drive Safely?

While most parents are nervous about their teenagers getting behind the wheel, their anxiety alone will not help them avoid accidents.

Parents can make a concerted effort to keep their teen drivers safe by using educational resources and establishing rules they must follow when they are behind the wheel.

That may include:

  • Learning all the teen driver restrictions listed in the North Carolina Graduated Licensing Laws
  • Restricting night driving, and the number of passengers allowed inside the vehicle
  • Prohibiting driving while using a cellphone or other electronic devices
  • Requiring seat belt use at all times
  • Talking to your teen about the dangers of drug and alcohol use
  • Following all traffic signs and signals, including obeying the speed limit
  • Setting a good example by practicing safe driving

The more teens learn about safe driving from their parents, the safer they may be behind the wheel. To ensure the lessons resonate with young drivers, set consequences for distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors.

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Contact Our Experienced Teenage Driver Accident Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, our leading teen driver accident lawyers in Charlotte provide free consultations by calling 704-377-3737 or contacting us online.

We provide unique legal services tailored to fit each client’s needs and do not get paid unless you do.

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Because every case is different, the description of awards and cases previously handled by our law firm does not guarantee a similar outcome in current or future cases.