Driving while under the influence leads to many deaths every year in the United States. Georgia residents may not know that even though people under 21 make up just 10 percent of licensed drivers around the country, many of the drivers responsible for alcohol-related vehicle fatalities are in this age range. Young drivers are also responsible for a disproportionate number of crashes caused by texting while driving. Both teen-specific social behaviors and the invincibility complex possessed by many young people are believed to lead to risky behavior.
Drivers under the age of 21 are responsible for around 17 percent of alcohol-related fatal accidents in the United States. This is in spite of state laws meant to curb the number of intoxicated underage drivers on the road. Some states are stricter than others. North Carolina and Arizona are two examples of states that have zero-tolerance laws banning any blood alcohol concentration at all.
Texting while driving is a concern for teenage drivers as well. Previously, driving while intoxicated was the number one cause of teenage deaths in the United States. Texting while driving has surpassed it with over 3,000 deaths each year, compared to approximately 2,000 related to driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to studies, texting while driving increases a person's likelihood of getting in an accident by 23 times. Talking on a cellphone may also increase the chances of a teenager getting in an accident by significantly slowing the driver's reaction time.
When a teenage driver's negligence results in an accident that causes an injury to another, the injured victim may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages due to time spent off work, and medical expenses related to the motor vehicle accident. A lawyer may be of assistance in the preparation and filing of a personal injury lawsuit seeking those and other damages from the responsible party.