Teen drivers in Johns Creek are less experienced than adult drivers, which makes them more likely to cause an accident. Teenagers may also be less careful on the road and more prone to reckless behaviors. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a teenage driver—or your teenager was injured or killed in an accident—we encourage you to seek the services of a Johns Creek teen driving accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we can help. Our lawyers have been specializing in personal injury cases like this for more than 20 years, and we know what it takes to win. We’ll help you seek the financial recovery you deserve after an accident you did not cause.
Contact us today and we’ll give you a FREE consultation. If you choose to work with us, we do not collect a fee unless we win you money. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.
Georgia Teen Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States.
- Teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are almost three times more likely to be in a deadly accident than drivers above the age of 19.
- Six teenagers are killed each day because of car accident injuries.
Besides being less experienced behind the wheel, teenagers are often more prone to distractions and negligent behavior. Distracted driving statistics show 56% of teenagers have admitted to talking on their phones while driving, and 13% say they have texted while driving (and these numbers are likely higher).
Although teenagers make up a smaller part of the driving population compared to adults, they make up a significant portion of the costs of accident injuries and other damages. This is why insurance policies come with higher rates when a teenager is included in the coverage.
Although teens are more likely to get into serious accidents, these crashes are still preventable. When teenagers get their driver’s license, they are obtaining a privilege that comes with a duty of care. All drivers, including teens, must drive safely and not put others in harm’s way. If you were injured in an accident involving a teen, talk to one of our Johns Creek teen driving accident lawyers for FREE by calling (404) 400-4000 or contacting us online.
How Teens Become Licensed to Drive in Johns Creek
Teenagers in Johns Creek must follow certain laws and processes before they are deemed fit to drive on their own. Here are the two laws:
- Joshua’s Law: requires teens to have at least 40 hours of supervised driving experience (including six hours of driving at night) and complete an approved 30-hour course online or in a classroom before they can get their driver’s license and
- Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA): requires teens under 18 to go through a three-step process even after they meet Joshua’s Law requirements
Teenagers must go through three stages under TADRA before they have a full driver’s license.
1. Instructional Permit (Class CP)
The instructional permit, also known as a learner’s permit, is what a teen can receive after they have reached the age of 15 and passed a written exam. A teenager with this permit can only drive when someone 21 years of age or older (and with a valid Class C license) is a passenger in the vehicle.
2. Intermediate License (Class D)
Once a teen driver (between the ages of 16 and 18) has had their instructional permit for 12 months and passed a driving test, they can get an intermediate license. If the driver is 16, they must also complete at least 40 hours of supervised driving and an approved driver education course.
With the Class D license:
- The teen can only drive with a family member passenger for the first six months.
- For the following six months, the teen cannot have more than one passenger under the age of 21 in their vehicle.
- After the second six-month period has passed, the teen cannot have more than three passengers under the age of 21 in the vehicle.
- The teen cannot ever drive between the hours of 12 am and 5 am with this license.
3. Full License (Class C)
Once a driver with a Class D license has reached the age of 18 and has had no driving violations like DUI in the past 12 months, they can receive a Class C full license that removes the nighttime driving and passenger restrictions. The driver looks visually different while the driver is still under the age of 21.
Common Causes of Teen Driving Accidents
Despite the legal restrictions set on teen drivers, accidents still happen in Johns Creek—and they can be serious. Some of the most common reasons for these accidents include:
- Talking or texting while driving
- Distractions from passengers
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Fatigued driving
- Traffic violations
- Putting on makeup while driving
Some teenage drivers might also fail to report an accident or even try to flee the scene after causing a crash.
If you or someone you know was injured in a teen driving accident, it’s important that you not wait to seek legal help. Some teen drivers act responsibly on the road, but many perform negligent acts while they are still gaining experience behind the wheel. Other times, a teen driver is not properly licensed or following restrictions as they should be, which is an even more serious issue.
No matter the details, if you did not cause the accident, you should not have to pay for the damages you’ve suffered. An experienced lawyer can look at the details of your case and help you seek compensation for your costs.
Talk to a Johns Creek Teen Driving Accident Lawyer About Your Legal Options for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping accident victims win the compensation they need and deserve for over 20 years. If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a teen driving accident, you should not have to bear the costs.
Contact us today and we’ll discuss your options during a FREE consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we win you a settlement or an award, so there is no risk to you. Call (404) 400-4000 or reach out online to get started with your FREE consultation today.