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Newly licensed teen drivers face many risks

Teens are eight times more likely to get in a crash or near-miss collision in their first three months as licensed drivers than in the preceding three months. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the National Institutes for Health. The NIH has also stated that car crashes are the leading cause of death for those aged 14 to 19, so teens and parents in New York will want to know more about this study.

The research involved 90 teen and 131 parent participants from Virginia. Through dashcams and software that recorded data like speed and braking time, researchers observed the teen drivers beginning at the time they obtained their learner's permit and ending one year after they became licensed. It was found that teen drivers are more likely to make severe turns, brake harshly and accelerate quickly.

While researchers saw a decrease in these unsafe behaviors once the newly licensed drivers got more experience, crash risk did not decline. They believe that some skills can only be learned once drivers are left on their own and that a better understanding is required of how teens learn these skills. Researchers also recommend a gradual decrease in parental supervision during the first few months of being a licensed driver.

Victims of auto accidents may be eligible for compensation if they prove that they were either not at fault or only partially at fault. New York is a pure comparative negligence state, so the degree of negligence could lower the potential amount for the settlement. A lawyer can evaluate the claim, hire professionals to gather proof supporting the victim's side, calculate a fair amount and then negotiate with the auto insurance company. If the company refuses to pay out, the victim can discuss whether litigation would be prudent.

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