Keep an eye out for Tennessee teen drivers

Sharing the road with an inexperienced, reckless or impaired driver can be a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, we don’t always know that these drivers are next to us until it is too late and a serious motor vehicle accident has occurred.

Crashes that are caused by unsafe drivers can be extraordinarily difficult for victims to deal with. Not only are there serious injuries and property damage to be worried about, but finding out that the accident could have been prevented had the other driver made better decisions can be very upsetting and make it that much harder to cope with the situation. However, it can still be crucial to figure out what factors led to an accident so that fault can be assigned and compensation can be pursued.

One common factor in accidents is inexperience. Young, novice drivers are still learning how to operate their vehicle safety and may still be learning the rules of the road. Because of this, Tennessee enforces a Graduated Driver License Program to help young people gain experience behind the wheel while being supervised.

According to this program, drivers who are at least 15 years old can get a learner permit, then an intermediate restricted license and then an intermediate unrestricted license. Once a driver is 18, he or she can be fully licensed.

At each phase of licensing, drivers are expected to comply with certain restrictions, like having an adult in the car, avoiding nighttime driving and not use a cellphone. Failure to do this can have devastating consequences should a driver cause an accident.

In these situations, the driver’s parent or guardian can be held accountable for the damages that result should an injured victim decided to take legal action.