Teen drivers may only make up five percent of all licensed drivers, but they are responsible for 13 percent of all fatal car crashes. Furthermore, this population is more likely to die in an auto accident than any other age group.
For these reasons, new rules for teen drivers will go into effect in Ohio on Wednesday, July 1.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent teenage driver, contact our injury lawyers for a free consultation.
New Teen Driving Restrictions
The new law that places stricter restrictions on teen driving goes into effect July 1, 2015. Under the new law, probationary drivers under the age of 18 will have the following restrictions for the first 12 months after receiving their license:
- No driving between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
- No use of a mobile device while driving
- No more than one non-family member may be in the car while a teen is driving
- All passengers must wear seatbelts at all times
The changes came about as a result of Ohio’s Drive Toward a Safer Ohio Initiative and is working to increase the level of experience in the states young drivers.
Driver inexperience and distractions while behind the wheel are some of the leading causes for high numbers of teen driving accidents, according to many experts.
Ohio Auto Accident Attorneys
With offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is dedicated to helping Ohio auto accident victims. We have seen firsthand the pain and suffering that can result from any type of auto accident, including those caused by teen drivers.
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident caused by an inexperienced or distracted driver, contact our auto accident lawyers today.