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Why aren't teens better drivers?

Older generations sometimes like to complain about younger generations, and teens often feel stereotyped. They feel like they get unfairly criticized for their decisions, life choices, music preferences, entertainment options and much more.

When people complain about teens not being good drivers, though, it's not just a stereotype. It's true. The statistics back it up. It's unfair for teens to ignore that criticism just because they feel like they're being targeted. As long as the stats show that they need improvement, it's fair to point that out.

For example, some reports pin car accidents as the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers in the United States. You can't argue with something that daunting. When you compare teens to drivers who are at least 20, the odds that the teens will lose their lives in car accidents are three times as high.

So, rather than debating if teens are safe, let's consider why they're not. The largest factor is the lack of time spent behind the wheel. A teen who has been driving for a year still has almost no experience when compared to someone who has spent decades on the road. For teens in their first few months after getting a license, their experience is naturally even lower. You can't really fix this problem; teens have to drive to get experience. But inexperience remains the biggest reason why teenagers crash so often.

Have you been injured after getting hit by a teen driver? You may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs stemming from that accident -- just don't trust the insurance company to offer what's fair without a fight.

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