LawFuel.com – Personal Injury Law News – This past weekend, a Gwinnett County teenager was killed when she pulled out in front of another vehicle. Neither she nor her passenger, another 16-year-old who was injured in the accident, was wearing a seat belt. The car accident highlights the particular danger that teen drivers encounter on the roadways and the danger they present to other motorists as well.
The other driver was charged with driving under the influence. Both he and his passenger were taken to the hospital. While the DUI may have certainly played a role in the accident, perhaps preventing the driver from stopping in time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the teen driver pulled out in front of him, possibly misjudging the distance or not seeing him at all.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services highlights the special risks for teen drivers in a section of their website. It’s there that you can learn more about laws specific to teens behind the wheel and more about earning your license to drive.
Because new drivers don’t have the experience of most adult drivers, the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) was passed to help reduce the chances of accidents.
According to the DDS website:
TADRA is a graduated driver’s license program for young drivers ages 15 to 18. It was established in Georgia by a collaborative effort of highway safety advocates, legislators, law enforcement officials, educators, businesses and media in the wake of a high number of fatal vehicle crashes involving young, inexperienced drivers.
This act directly addresses the leading killer of our young people – traffic crashes. The law significantly changes the way young motorists earn and maintain the privilege of driving by providing a controlled means for new drivers to gain experience, and by reducing high-risk driving situations. While the law does focus on young drivers, it also contains important provisions that affect drivers over 21, particularly in the area of DUI prevention and enforcement.
Whether you are a parent of a teen or merely share the roadway with teenagers, we all must be aware of teen drivers as they learn to navigate the roads safely.
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All Georgia drivers are at risk of car accidents, everytime they get behind the wheel. But some drivers are higher risk than others. Teenagers, drunk drivers, and the elderly, in particular, may be more prone to accidents.
If you were hit by a drunk driver in Atlanta or you were a passenger of a teen driver that caused an accident, contact the attorneys with Millar &Mixon, LLC,today for a free legal consultation. Our injury attorneys can be reached by filling out this online contact form. You can also call 404-381-8983 at any time.