Distracted Driving and Young Drivers

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney

With the weather warming up, there are plenty of young drivers on the road enjoying their new found freedom.  As the number of young drivers increases, unfortunately so does the risk of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car.

When one mentions distracted driving, texting and driving immediately comes to mind.  Under Virginia law, Code § 46.2-1078.1, it is unlawful to operate a moving motor vehicle…

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How to Talk To Your Teen About the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teen drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal car crash caused by distracted driving. What role can parents take to reduce the risk that their child will be involved in a car accident because of distracted driving? While you can't be with your child every minute, you can have an influence on what kind of driver your teen becomes. It is possible to help your teen develop a lifetime of good driving habits by following these three simple steps:

Have the Talk About Distracted Driving

Talk to your teen about the serious responsibility required…

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Virginia’s Juvenile Driver’s License Ceremony

David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

During a recent visit to our local courthouse, I walked into the lobby and saw many nervous, nicely dressed teens and their parents.  The courthouse is the center of many legal and civic activities, and the teens waiting outside the courtroom were there for a special purpose – to receive their driver’s licenses.

The Code of Virginia §46.2-336  legislates and describes the Juvenile Driver Licensing Ceremony. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends all original driver’s licenses issued to applicants under the age of eighteen years to the judge of the juvenile and domestic relations court in the city or county…

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The Risks of Teenage Driving

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

As parents we all know the joy and pride of watching our children grow older and more independent. But some milestones, like taking to the road as a driver, also inspire fear and worry. Studies show that our concerns are justified. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-20. In 2012 more than 2,800 teenagers were killed in car accidents, accounting for roughly 10% of all passenger vehicle deaths.[1]

Everyone knows that teens are at a greater risk for car accidents. We can’t just skip our teenage years, but we can be aware of the specific behaviors that increase the risk of an accident:

Driving…

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Teen Driving: Teen Driving Mistakes

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving is serious business. It takes months, and even years, of driving to become experienced and learn how to safely react to sudden changes in traffic, drive in adverse weather, and know how to judge unexpected changes in road conditions. It is certainly no surprise to hear that teens have the highest death rates in car crashes of any age group of drivers.There are serious consequences when inexperienced drivers make mistakes on the road. Teen driving mistakes can cause car accidents that result in serious injuries, deaths, and extensive car damage.

Here is a look at ten of the most common teen driving mistakes:

Speeding

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Teen Drivers: Becoming A New Driver

Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Virginia Accident Lawyer

Freedom! As a teen, isn't that what you are thinking now that you finally have your driver's license and can drive on your own? You must remember that with more independence comes greater responsibility. You've had to work hard to get to this point, so make sure that you don't do anything to jeopardize your new privilege. As a new driver, there are several key points to remember and follow in order to stay safe on the roads and highways.

What have you learned so far? To get to this point, you must have passed your driver's test and practiced driving with a licensed driver. Hopefully, you have spent time observing your parents and asking lots…

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Considerations When Buying a Car for Your Teen Driver

Author: Chris Cloude, Claims Consultant

There are many things to consider when searching for a car.  Style, performance and safety are often the three factors given the most attention.  Teen drivers put more emphasis on style and performance than do their parents when searching for their first vehicle. But as a parent, there are some additional important considerations to keep in mind when trying to decide on the right vehicle for your teenager.

Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group. Among teen drivers, the risk of a car crash is much higher during the first year a teenager is able to drive.[1] Although nothing can prevent an inexperienced driver from…

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Safe Teen Driving - How to Help Your Teenage New Driver

Just because you have a license does NOT mean you are ready to drive!

Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

What parents can do to help new drivers once they get their license? As a Virgina personal injury attorney that has seen many terrible car accidents- and as the father of twin boys that recently received their licenses - I cannot help but be worried every time they get behind the wheel of a car.  I know they have both taken the driver's education class in school, gone through "behind the wheel" training, completed the required amounts of driving during the day, at night, on the highway, and on back roads, but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things…

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