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Who are the riskiest types of drivers?

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2020 | Auto Accidents

When you get on the road in New Jersey, there’s always a small chance that you’ll get into a car accident. However, some types of drivers are more likely to get into an accident than others. These are typically the drivers that aren’t paying attention to the road, putting themselves and everyone else at risk.

What are the riskiest types of drivers?

Wherever you are, teenagers are consistently some of the riskiest drivers on the highway. They’re more likely to engage in distracted driving and drive under the influence, which can lead to a catastrophic MVA. Since they just started driving less than a year ago, many teenagers don’t have the necessary skills to get out of a bad situation without causing a wreck. They also tend to drive with their friends in the car, which can distract them when they’re on the road.

Distracted drivers are also incredibly dangerous. In 2018, over 400,000 people were injured in car accidents that were caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving typically involves scrolling through your cell phone, but it also involves eating, brushing your hair or talking to a passenger. Pedestrians and bicyclists are often the victims of distracted driving accidents.

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed in accidents caused by drunk driving. While some states have enacted zero-tolerance policies for driving under the influence, thousands of people continue to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when they’re drunk and put themselves in danger. Having a drunk driving conviction on their record can haunt them for years to come.

How can car accident victims seek justice?

Some car accidents are minor. Both drivers are shaken up, but they exchange their insurance information and go on their way. However, some drivers aren’t so lucky. They might end up with broken bones, a totaled vehicle, injured loved ones and long-lasting emotional damage. They didn’t cause the crash, yet they have to pay for another person’s mistake. An attorney could help them recoup some of their losses.