Teen Car Accidents

Legal Help for West Virginia Motorists Injured by Inexperienced Drivers

Newly licensed drivers often find it challenging to grasp the level of risk and responsibility that comes with driving. The lack of experience coupled with distractions can often lead to collisions. If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless teenage driver, we can help. Experienced Randolph County teen car accident lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe has years of experience representing injured victims throughout West Virginia, including in Harrison County, Marion County, and Randolph County. We have handled many cases in which teenage drivers are involved, and are well-versed in these types of accidents. When you come to us, we will take the time to investigate the facts of your case and devise a strategy for you accordingly.

Establishing Liability against a Negligent Young Driver

According to the 2008 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 48 fatalities in crashes involving young drivers in West Virginia. These are drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 2,700 teenagers between the ages of 16-19 died in traffic-related injuries in 2010 in the United States. Additionally, teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population. Young and novice drivers are also significantly over-represented in fatal car crashes, particularly those who are 16 or 17.

There are a number of reasons that teen drivers are more likely to get into accidents. While they are not the only people who can get distracted behind the wheel, their inexperience makes the distractions more dangerous. Some common reasons for accidents include:

  • Conversations with passengers
  • Eating and drinking
  • Texting while driving
  • Dialing while driving
  • Operating a navigation system
  • Changing or tampering with the radio or thermostat
  • Viewing or reading maps

Someone injured by a careless teen driver can retain a teen car accident attorney in Randolph County to sue that person to recover for his or her injuries under the theory of negligence. Drivers are obligated to follow the rules of the road and drive in a manner that prevents foreseeable harm. Negligence is the failure to take proper care when driving. To succeed on a negligence claim, an accident victim must show that the driver had a duty to drive in a reasonably careful manner, that the driver breached this duty by driving carelessly, and that the driver’s careless conduct caused the victim’s injuries and damages.

If someone you know has been killed by a negligent teenage driver, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are fact-intensive and have strict procedural requirements. Due to the complexity of the claims, it is best to contact an attorney who can inform you of your options.

When a negligent driver causes an accident, you and your family are left to deal with the consequences. The aftermath of a car crash can be an overwhelming time given the physical, emotional, and financial strain you may be going through. However, you may be entitled to get reimbursement for many of the costs associated with the accident. Our firm will help you seek compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and property damage, among other expenses.

Teen Car Accident Lawyer Helping Randolph County Victims

If you or a loved one has been injured by a teenage driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your suffering through the skillful representation of an experienced car crash attorney at the Wolfe Law Firm. We take pride in getting to know our clients and helping them explore their legal options. For a free and honest case evaluation with a Randolph County teen car accident attorney, contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756.