If you got hurt in a collision with a teen driver, you might have questions regarding who will pay for your losses. A Spartanburg teen driving accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm can establish negligence and help protect your legal rights.
We handle car accident injury cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you do not have to pay any retainers or upfront legal fees. We get paid out of the compensation we recover on your behalf.
We offer a free, no-risk, no-obligation consultation. You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to get started.
How To Hold a Teen Driver Accountable for Your Losses
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), every 1.4 hours, a teen driver gets involved in a collision that results in at least one injury or fatality. You might assume that because of their age, a teenager cannot be held responsible for your losses. However, that is not the case.
A lawyer from Hammack Law Firm can determine fault and liability for your car accident case. Even if a negligent teen driver caused your accident, we may be able to file a claim with their parents’ insurance policy, if they do not have one in their own name.
Your lawyer will need to prove the following elements to hold a teen driver responsible for their actions:
- Duty of care. Your legal team must establish that the other party owed you a duty of care. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on public streets must do so with caution and obey traffic laws.
- Breach of duty of care. When a motorist fails to operate their vehicle with reasonable care, they could be considered negligent. Let’s say that a teenager drove recklessly, perhaps by speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on the highway. This conduct violates their duty of care and constitutes negligence.
- Causation. Your lawyer must establish that because the negligent driver breached their duty of care, they caused your accident and injuries. Perhaps in the aforementioned situation, the teen driver lost control of their car and slammed into you. Your lawyer will review the evidence in your case to demonstrate the cause of your accident.
- Measurable losses. You must have quantifiable damages to pursue a claim for compensation against the negligent party. You cannot file a personal injury claim on the basis of pain and suffering alone.
When you call Hammack Law Firm today, we can explain in further detail how a car accident lawyer may be able to prove negligence.
Possible Reasons for Your Spartanburg Teen Driving Accident
We mentioned earlier that your lawyer will need to review the information in your case to determine how your accident occurred.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that these things have the potential to result in teen driver accidents:
- Driving at night. When a teen drives after dark, they are more likely to be involved in a collision. More fatal collisions happen between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. than any other block of time.
- Driver inexperience. Inexperience behind the wheel makes a young driver less likely to have the skills and “muscle memory” to avoid a crash in a crisis.
- Passenger distractions. When teen drivers have teenage passengers, they are more likely to have an accident.
- Alcohol use. Although drinking and driving is illegal, a significant percentage of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol level that exceeded the legal limit for an adult.
- Driver fatigue. Many teenagers do not get enough sleep. When you add up the hours for attending school, participating in extracurricular activities, doing homework, socializing, and working a part-time job, there are not enough hours to get sufficient sleep. Drowsy driving leads to many teen driver accidents.
- Distracted driving. Teens may rely on their phones for communication and directions while driving. When a young motorist attempts to use their phone and drive at the same time, these distractions can cause a collision.
If you got hurt in a collision with a young driver, a Spartanburg teen driving accident lawyer at Hammack Law Firm could help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 for a no-cost case review. There is no obligation.
Three Things to Do After an Accident with a Teen Driver
We hope that, by the time you read this information, you already got medical attention. If you have not yet received medical care for your injuries, you should do so right away. Your medical records will link your injuries to the collision.
Every car accident is different. While our legal team can make certain recommendations, only you can decide what to do in your situation.
Here are a few suggestions of actions you might consider after being in an accident with a teen driver:
- Notify your automobile insurance company. Most insurance companies require notification within 24 hours of a collision.
- Follow your doctor’s directions about treatment for your injuries. Do not attempt to “tough it out.” If you do not follow through with the treatment your physician prescribes (like physical therapy), the other party might argue that you made your condition worse. You reasonably do not want to take this risk.
- Talk to a personal injury lawyer. South Carolina gives injured people very little time to go after an at-fault party for compensation. If you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to recover monetary damages, no matter how severe your injuries are.
You do not have to go through this experience alone. The compassionate team at Hammack Law Firm can be there with you every step of the way.
How a Spartanburg Teen Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Injury Claim
You did not ask to get hurt in a car accident, and you should not have to bear the financial burden of someone else’s negligence. At Hammack Law Firm, we help people who get injured due to carelessness.
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You can call us today at (864) 326-3333 to find out how we can help you.