South Carolina Teenage Driver Accident Lawyers Provide Strong Counsel
Fighting for victims injured by a teenage driver
According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are the top cause of teenage death. In 2013, nearly a quarter million teenagers were treated in emergency rooms and 2,163 teenagers died because of a motor vehicle crash. Teen accidents can kill or injure occupants in the teen’s car and also harm other drivers, including other passengers and bystanders. Teen accidents are often preventable, and when they cause accidents, they need to be held accountable.
The South Carolina teenage driver accident lawyers at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, have extensive experience handling personal injury cases involving younger drivers. Our lawyers work to determine whether driver distraction, a failure to obey traffic laws, drunk driving, or some other failure caused the accident. We file wrongful death lawsuits when a crash causes the death of a loved one and file claims for full compensation when the accident victim is lucky enough to survive. We help injured victims get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property loss damages.
Common reasons teenagers cause accidents
There are many factors that cause teenagers to drive irresponsibly. Our South Carolina teenage driver accident lawyers determine what the teenager did wrong and hold the teenager accountable. Some of the reasons adolescents cause accidents are:
- Distracted driving. Teens may text while they are driving, use their cellphone or smartphone, or play with the radio or other audio devices. Other distractions common to teens include eating while driving, personal grooming in the car, using a GPS system, or talking to other teenagers in the backseat of the car. Any distraction can cause the teenage driver to fail to respond to traffic conditions and cause an accident.
- Driving while intoxicated. Peer pressure and the inability of young adults to connect the dangers of drinking while driving make drunk teen driving a leading cause of auto accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 31 % of teenage driving fatalities involved drinking.
- Failing to use seatbelts. Many teenage passengers and drivers do not use a seatbelt. This failure can cause injuries to be much worse than if a seatbelt had been used—in some cases, it can be fatal.
- Driver inexperience. Many teens think their reflexes will get them out of a traffic jam. Teens, because of their exuberance, may take risks and fail to obey South Carolina motor vehicle laws. They speed, run red lights, and commit other motor vehicle violations. Teens often do not use practical common sense while driving, such as letting tailgaters pass or getting off the road when they are tired.
Special considerations involving teenage drivers
Our South Carolina teenage driving accident attorneys file claims against everyone responsible for the accident. Parents who own a vehicle driven by a teenager can be sued if they gave their teenager permission to drive the automobile, truck, or motorcycle.
South Carolina makes it illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under 21. Taverns and social hosts who serve minors alcohol may be liable if a teen drinks and then causes an accident while driving.
The blood alcohol level needed to prove drunk driving for adults is .08. For anyone under 21, it is just .02. This means just one drink can often cause a teen to be in violation of South Carolina law and to be a dangerous risk to others driving on the state’s roads.
Attorneys obtaining maximum compensation for clients across South Carolina
McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Accidents caused by teenage drivers matter to us. If you were injured by a teenage driver or a loved one was killed, let us help you and your family obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, by calling 803-327-7800 or by filling out our contact form, and schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced South Carolina teenage driving accident attorney. We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.