Teen drivers are nine times more likely to cause a traffic collision than an older driver.

Teen drivers are nine times more likely to cause a traffic collision than an older driver.


Pittsburgh, PA- A Pittsburgh-area teen was killed last week after he and two other friends were involved in a rollover crash. Sadly, such collisions are common throughout Pennsylvania, leaving victims to ask: Who is financially responsible for accidents caused by teen drivers?
According to WXPI, the single-vehicle accident occurred on Saturday, May 14th after one a.m. in Bethel Park. Not many details about the crash have been released but police said that a teen driver lost control of their vehicle on Stoltz Road.
The out of control struck a fire hydrant and slammed into a tree a witness of the crash told WXPI.
One of the teens was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, but he soon succumbed to his injuries, WXPI reported. The conditions of the two other teens are not known.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Parents are liable for a teens crash if the victims suffer a severe injury.

Parents are liable for a teens crash if the victims suffer a severe injury.


USAttorneys urges accident victims, regardless of who is at fault, to speak with an accident attorney near them in Pennsylvania to talk about their case. If you live in Pittsburgh, we recommend you contact Goodrich and Associates to assist you with your injury claim.
Teens are notoriously dangerous drivers, which is why traffic accidents are the leading cause of accidental death for the age group. And what’s worse is that most of the time the victims who are injured are not the teen driving.
A 2015 study from the American Automobile Association found that two-thirds of the fatalities caused by a teen driver were not the driver but their passengers or occupants of other vehicles. That is also the case for 67 percent of injury victims.  Additionally, AAA found that the 50 percent of those injured in a crash involving a teen driver were not in the same vehicles as the at-fault party.
In a press release, Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said of the study, “Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group, and this data confirms that the impact of their crashes extend well beyond the teen who is behind the wheel.”
Parents are liable for a teens crash if the victims suffer a severe injury.

Parents are liable for a teens crash if the victims suffer a severe injury.


So, we know teen drivers are more dangerous than older, more experienced drivers, and we also know they don’t have the resources to compensate the accident victims they hurt. If the accident is minor, the teens insurance policy should cover the injuries and damage, but what if the victim’s injuries are severe? Who is financially responsible for a victim’s medical bills and long-term medical costs? What if the accident was fatal, who is responsible for compensating a victim?
Fortunately, for victims of teen drivers, Pennsylvania’s liability laws allow them to seek deserved compensation from the parents of a teen driver. Pennsylvania statute, 23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 5502 states: “Any parent whose child is found liable or is adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction of a tortious act shall be liable to the person who suffers the injury to the extent set forth in this chapter.” That means that an accident victim in Pittsburgh, who suffers a serious injury, can file a civil claim against a negligent teen’s parents.
If you were injured by a teen driver or lost a one, you can find expert legal counsel at USAttorneys. Pittsburgh accident victims are urged to contact Goodrich and Associates P.C. at 412-261-GOOD (4663) and set up a case evaluation.

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