Teenage drivers are causing more and more accidents on the roads in New Haven, Connecticut. Because teenagers are inexperienced and, sometimes, they may make the wrong decisions while driving, they could end up causing an accident. In fact, a large portion of car accidents on local roads are caused by teenage drivers, ranging from distracted driving all the way to driving under the influence (DUI) accidents to distracted driving.
Take into account a recent car accident involving a teenage driver that injured a New Haven police officer. According to reports, the police officer was going south through a green light on Temple Street. A 17-year-old driver, was going east on Elm Street. The report stated that the teenage driver passed through a red light and, ultimately, was struck by the police car.
The impact caused the officer’s vehicle to drive straight into a light pole, breaking the windshield and injuring the officer’s head. The officer was taken to a local hospital and his condition is still unknown.
The teenage driver confessed that he tried to stop at the right light but he was not able to do so.
It is unknown if charges have been filed against him.
In New Haven, Connecticut, and all over the United States, traffic laws are designed to promote roadway safety and maintain order. If these laws are violated, the driver, regardless of age, is considered negligent, which may jeopardize other people’s safety and cause an accident.
While the driver faces serious legal implications, victims are likely to face financial challenges. A car accident victim may have to pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses and may lose future opportunities.
To be able to cope with these troubles, a car accident victim in New Haven, Connecticut, may wish to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. If the car accident victim wishes to do so, it may be advisable to hire a legal professional to help. With the legal professional’s help, the victim will learn about his or her options, have his or her interests protected and will eventually receive compensation for the damages from the car accident.
Source: wtnh.com, “Officer injured in car crash with teen,” Aug. 6, 2013
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