Car accidents, whether minor or deadly, can have catastrophic consequences for both the driver and anyone else involved. When a teenager, or multiple teens, are involved in the accident, it may be traumatic for them and impact their future. Most people assume that teenagers are most often involved in car crashes because they are the most inexperienced drivers; however, this is not always the case. Statistics show that while teenagers do not drive as often as other age groups, their risk of fatality in car accidents is higher. Below are statistics and other information about teenage car accidents.
Recently in Chicago, two teenagers were injured after a car crashed into a building. A car was traveling when the driver lost control and crashed into a building. The driver then hit two parked cars and then hit two teenagers who were standing on the sidewalk. One teenager suffered multiple injuries and was taken to the hospital where he was stabilized. The other teen injured her arm and was in good condition when transferred to the hospital.
Illinois and National Teenage Car Accidents and Fatalities
In 2019, 432 Illinois teenagers were involved in car accidents—either injured or killed. Unfortunately, this is just a small amount compared to the over 2,000 teenagers who died in motor vehicle crashes the same year across the country. About every 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in accidents were males, but in the past 45 years, the deaths of males have decreased as compared to females. In a little over half of these fatalities when the teenager was a passenger in the vehicle, another teen was driving the car.
The death of teenagers in motor vehicle crashes is very upsetting and indicates cause for concern. It is the second leading cause of death among teenagers nationwide. Personal injury attorneys can help those injured, and their families, after the fact. However, these accidents must be reduced.
What Should I Do if I Have Been Injured in a Car Crash?
Individuals injured, or killed, in a car accident may have the ability to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. In doing so, the injured person—or their family—will have to prove that the person who they claim caused the accident is responsible. And but not for that person’s actions, the victim would not have been harmed.
Because car accidents can lead to injury, medical expenses, lost income, and other consequences, individuals harmed in such an accident should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you loved has recently been injured in a Chicago car accident, contact the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. for assistance. With decades of experience, our attorneys will work on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. We understand that the time after a car accident can be traumatic. So, we will fight for you while you emotionally and physically recover. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team today, give us a call at 312-924-7575.