Teen Driver Accidents
One of the most common causes of motor vehicle collisions is teen driver accidents. Many teenagers fall victim to common distractions like cell phones, talking with friends, or playing with the radio while they are on the road. Each year, thousands of teen drivers cause serious injury accidents, which sometimes lead to unfortunate and avoidable fatalities. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our car accident lawyers have represented numerous residents of Columbia who have been hurt as the result of a teen’s negligent driving. We can guide you through every step of the legal process and help you seek the compensation that you deserve.Seeking Compensation after an Accident Caused by a Careless Teenager
To establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit against a teenager who caused a crash, the plaintiff must show that the teen driver was acting negligently at the time of the accident. Negligence has four elements that the plaintiff must prove: duty, breach, causation, and damages. In general, each of us has a duty to operate our vehicles with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent motorist would use in a similar situation and under similar road and weather conditions. If a driver fails to meet this standard, the driver has breached the duty of care. Examples of a breach include failing to obey basic traffic laws, like speeding, yielding at stop lights and stop signs, and using turn signals. For teens, the breach often involves some form of distracted driving, like talking on his or her cell phone, turning around to talk to his or her friends, or becoming preoccupied with the radio. Some accidents are also caused by the driver’s lack of experience behind the wheel.
After establishing duty and breach, the plaintiff must show that he or she would not have suffered his or her injuries but for the defendant’s breach of the duty of care. This element is known as causation and is a crucial step in proving a negligence claim. Medical professionals may be a key part of establishing causation in a personal injury case and can help you determine the nature and extent of your harm.
Many car crashes lead to serious and devastating injuries, requiring long-term medical care. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to document your symptoms as soon as possible and to record any information you have regarding the incident and other drivers who were involved. This record can help you ensure that you have included each item of damages to which you are entitled in a settlement negotiation or at trial. After establishing causation, the plaintiff must provide evidence of his or her damages. This typically includes medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, damage to a vehicle, and pain and suffering.Consult a Columbia Lawyer for a Motor Vehicle Collision Claim
Suffering injuries as the result of someone’s negligent driving is a devastating and shocking experience for the victim and his or her family. When a teen driver’s negligence is the cause, the situation can become complex once the parents and insurance companies become involved. At the Law Office of Matt Uhrig, we understand just how important it is for you to focus on your recovery during this stressful time. Our injury attorneys fight for each of our clients in Columbia and throughout Missouri, aggressively asserting their rights during settlement negotiations and at trial. We also represent accident victims in Jefferson City and Ashland, among other communities. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a teen driver accident, contact us now at (573) 657-2050 or through our online form.