When driving, you often worry about who’s on the road around you. However, some drivers are more likely to be involved in car accidents as they are at an increased risk due to certain conditions. If you’re unsure what age groups are most likely to cause an accident, you’ll want to keep reading to learn more. You will also discover how a Maryland auto accident attorney can help you receive the justice you deserve.
Who Is Most at Risk for Car Accidents?
The group that causes the most accidents is young drivers under 25. This is due to their inexperience behind the wheel. They aren’t as likely to avoid dangerous situations. As drivers get older, they become more comfortable and collected behind the wheel making them less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Unfortunately, male drivers under 19 are more likely to be involved in car accidents than female drivers in the same age range.
After young adults, older drivers are the next most likely group to be involved in accidents. Though they are more experienced, they can suffer medical conditions that impact their ability to drive.
What Can Increase Risks?
Unfortunately, car accidents can occur for many reasons. There are several factors that can increase the risk for young teens and older adults. Teenagers are more likely to engage in risky behavior when driving, as they do not have the experience necessary to understand how their actions can impact themselves and others. This risky behavior includes speeding, cell phone use, reckless driving, and failure to wear a seatbelt. As they get older and more mature, young drivers begin to drive more carefully as they become aware of the impact their actions can have.
Older drivers can suffer from medical conditions that impact their driving. While they may be more cautious when driving, drowsiness, slower reflexes, and hearing issues can make it more difficult for elderly drivers to control their vehicles.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured in an Accident?
When you’re hit by another driver, ensure that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself. If necessary, seek emergency medical attention for any injuries that require immediate treatment. If you can wait, visiting your regular doctor to treat non-emergency injuries is vital. You should also take photos and videos of any damage and request a copy of the police report.
If you are involved in an accident due to a teenager recklessly driving, or an older adult, you may be hesitant to file a lawsuit against them. However, it’s essential to ensure you receive the compensation necessary to cover your medical expenses as Maryland is an at-fault accident state, meaning drivers can sue for financial compensation.
When you need an attorney, the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz is ready to help. We have the experience necessary to represent you in a court of law. Reach out today to discuss the details of your case and learn how we can help you.