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Teen Driving: Know the Rules
It is the one big event that most New Jersey high school juniors look forward to as proof they are near adulthood. Quite simply, they can barely wait to get behind the wheel. However, when it comes to teen driving, it is important to know the rules. The statistics concerning the incidence of teen driving crashes is quite alarming. Parents and their offspring should make sure they understand the rules to avoid the prospect of personal injury.
Unfortunately, the phenomenon of teen driving accidents is not limited to New Jersey. It is a problem that exists throughout the country. In order to address concerns about teen driving, New Jersey set up a special commission to examine it. One of the most disturbing aspects of the Teen Driving Commission’s report is that teen driving is the number one killer of those aged 17-20.
Graduated Driver’s License
In the past, prospective drivers would receive a Learner’s Permit and hop behind the wheel, while accompanied by any licensed driver. After the training driver passed the final driving test, it was time to get on the road alone. The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles executes the changes for teen driving, as part of its Graduated Driver’s License program. They include the following restrictions:
- At 16, those seeking their license are eligible for a Learner’s Permit after passing a written test
- Those with Learner’s Permits must complete six months of supervised driving. The supervising driver must be over 21 and sit in the vehicle’s front seat. The person taking responsibility must have his or her own New Jersey license for at least three years.
- Individuals younger than 17 are not permitted to drive after 11:01 pm and before 5:00 am.
- Drivers under 21 will be supplied with a decal to place on their cars
- Teenage drivers are prohibited from using mobile devices, even if they are hands-free
Reasons for Teen Driving Accidents
There are several reasons that teen drivers become involved in accidents. The most obvious is driver inexperience. However, distractions can raise huge concerns with teen drivers. Unfortunately, teens may feel overconfident in their driving skills and crash as a result. Often, teens do not have the funds to properly maintain vehicles.
When you are injured in any type of accident, it is important to seek legal representation. Teen driving is no exception. At the law firm of Beninato & Matrafajlo , we can assist you in determining your rights. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.