Teenagers who receive their driver’s licenses may be excited about traveling on Georgia roads. However, they often need more experience to be safe drivers. Teenage drivers must be careful on streets and highways, or else they can harm others. Those who make mistakes while traveling could cause accidents. Some forms of negligence could be outright violations of traffic laws, leading to more severe consequences.
Safe driving for teens
Teenagers and others new to driving should become familiar with the vehicles they operate—taking shorter trips and building up experience while avoiding hazardous or complex routes. Driving at night brings additional risks, so curtailing nighttime driving activities until gaining enough experience seems helpful. It might be good to enroll in a defensive driving course or, at the very least, read or watch videos about safer driving.
Teen drivers should avoid behaviors that could get them into serious trouble. An over-reliance and preoccupation with technology could lead to distracted driving. Attention directed to an infotainment touchscreen instead of the road could undermine the ability to react in time if needed. Drivers who talk on their smartphone or text and drive may dramatically increase the risks of an accident.
Teen drivers and moving violations
Teenagers might not realize that having their friends inside the vehicle might also cause distractions. Parents and adults may help young drivers by restricting their ability to transport passengers. Adults should also stress the dangers of committing moving violations behind the wheel. Reckless driving and outright violations of traffic cause may result in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents that leave victims suffering from severe injuries.
Subsequent lawsuits may seek damages from teenage drivers and others responsible for the crashing, including parents. An insurance settlement could compensate victims, although the victims may sue for punitive damages if not covered under the policy.