Teen Driver Accidents
Obtaining a driver’s license is a momentous occasion in the lives of many teenagers, but teen drivers enjoying their newly obtained driving privileges are often distracted or nervous, which in many instances can lead to an accident. All drivers, including teen drivers, have a duty to operate their vehicles responsibly, however, and teenagers that cause harm due to reckless driving can be held accountable under the law. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a teen driver, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages. Nashville car accident lawyer Eric Beasley is proficient at assisting people in Middle Tennessee in lawsuits arising out of vehicle crashes, and he can develop arguments on your behalf to help you assert your rights.Tennessee Minimum Ages for Driver’s Licenses
In Tennessee, a person can obtain a learner’s permit at the age of fifteen if he or she meets certain requirements. Once a person reaches the age of sixteen, he or she can seek a restricted intermediate license, if he or she has had a learner’s permit for 180 days, has 50 hours behind the wheel, and passes a road skills test. A driver can obtain an unrestricted intermediate license at seventeen if he or she has had a restricted license for one year. Lastly, when a driver turns eighteen, he or she will be eligible for a full license.Dangers Presented by Teen Drivers
Generally, teenage drivers do not possess the experience of older seasoned motorists and are more likely to become apprehensive when presented with certain driving conditions, such as inclement weather, or busy or unfamiliar roads. Nervous drivers are more likely to make hasty decisions or exercise poor judgment, causing an accident. Moreover, teen drivers may be distracted by text messages or social media and may take their attention from the road, causing an accident.Proving the Liability of Teen Drivers
In most lawsuits arising out of teen driver accidents, the injured party will allege that the negligence of the teen driver caused the accident. A skilled car accident lawyer can assist you in bring a claim of this nature. Under Tennessee law, to establish liability based on a theory of negligence, the injured party must first show that the teen driver owed the injured party a duty to act with reasonable care. Generally, in car accident cases, this means that the teen driver had an obligation to drive safely and prudently under the circumstances present at the time of the accident. The injured party must then show that the teen driver acted in a manner that constitutes a breach of the duty, and that the breach proximately caused the accident. In other words, the breach must have substantially contributed to bringing about the accident but does not need to be the sole cause of the accident. Finally, the injured party must show that he or she suffered compensable harm because of the accident.
Often, the teen driver will argue that the injured party caused the accident, and therefore, the injured party should be precluded from recovering damages. In Tennessee, though, even if an injured party is deemed partially at fault for causing an accident, he or she may still be awarded damages, as long as he or she is not fifty percent or more at fault. Any compensation awarded to an injured party who is partially at fault in a teen driver accident will be reduced in proportion to his or her liability, however.Meet with a Dedicated Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Teen drivers frequently cause accidents, many of which result in significant damages. If you were involved in a teen driver accident, it is prudent to meet with an injury attorney to analyze what claims you may be able to pursue. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he is available to represent people in lawsuits arising out of accidents in Nashville and in Hendersonville, Lebanon, Goodlettsville, and Murfreesboro. Mr. Beasley also assists parties in cities in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson, and Robertson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. You can contact Mr. Beasley through the online form or at (800) 431-2768 to schedule a meeting.