In West Palm Beach, CityPlace, Flamingo Park, Wellington and surrounding areas, teens who want to get their licenses to drive are subject to a graduated licensing program. This imposes restrictions and allows teens to move through different stages of learning responsible behavior behind the wheel. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that graduated licensing programs have made a substantial impact in reducing the number of young people who are killed in car accidents.
Teens do not have the driving experience to know how to react in dangerous situations and do not always have the maturity level to make smart and safe choices behind the wheel. Graduated licensing protects these young drivers, their friends, and other motorists on the road from the potentially devastating impact of negligent decisions made by young drivers.
Graduated Drivers' Licenses Can Save Lives
According to Nerd Wallet, the first graduated licensing program in the United States went into effect in the state of Florida in 1996. Today, there are graduated licensing programs in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Graduated licensing programs move teens through three phases: learner's permits, intermediate licenses with restricted driving privileges, and finally a standard license to drive.
The goal of these graduated licenses is to allow teens to be introduced gradually to driving so they can build up skills before they find themselves in higher-risk situations. Graduated licensing programs have had a major positive impact on bringing the death rate down among young drivers. In fact, between 2004 and 2014, there was a 55 percent reduction in the number of deadly accidents that involved a driver between the ages of 16 and 19. In 2004, there were 5,724 auto accidents involving a teen driver in at least one of the vehicles. By 2013, there were 2,568 teenage drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes.
Graduated licensing programs are credited with being responsible for a 10 percent to 30 percent reduction in the number of fatal crashes involving teenage drivers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that these graduated licensing programs could be even more effective and help to bring the crash rate down even further if every state adopted the toughest standards for restricting night driving and the number of passengers allowed in cars with young motorists.
Graduated licensing programs have also helped reduce the cost of motor vehicle insurance for young people. Since fewer claims are filed by teenagers when graduated licensing programs are in effect, insurers no longer view teens as such a huge potential liability. In states that have a good graduated driver's licensing program, claims among 16-year-old drivers have dropped by 20 percent. Even in states with fair or marginal graduated licensing programs, there has been a 10 to 15 percent drop in insurance claims by 16-year-olds. This has resulted in lower premium costs for teen drivers as well as helped keep many more people safe from injuries in motor vehicle crashes.
Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims in CityPlace, Flamingo Park and Wellington and surrounding areas. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today at 800-608-2965 or visit www.gonzalezcartwright.com to schedule a free consultation.