Teen drivers often do not have the experience necessary to be able to navigate certain hazards. This means that teen drivers are more likely to be involved in car accidents.
An Omaha teen driver accident lawyer can discuss how the age of a driver can impact a claim. With the help of a skilled car accident lawyer from Berry Law, you can bring a claim for the compensation you need and deserve following a collision.
Getting a Driving Permit in Omaha
In Omaha, a person is eligible to start driving at age 16. A person may apply for a permit 60 days prior to his or her 16th birthday. However, the permit is not issued until his or her 16th birthday.
However, a person might be able to begin driving earlier on a provisional operator’s permit between the hours of 6:00 AM and midnight or midnight to 6:00 AM if they are driving to or from a work or school activity or if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or licensed driver who is at least 21. When an individual has a provisional operator’s permit, there are additional requirements that he or she would need to be aware of.
The driver must have held a school learner’s permit, a school permit, or other learner’s permit for at least six months, and have not accumulated more than three driving points during his or her six-month probationary period. Also, he or she must complete a Department of Motor Vehicle-approved driver’s safety course and a 50-hour certification form with a parent, guardian, or licensed driver at least 21 years of age before he or she is eligible to apply for a provisional operator’s permit. A person has to be at least 18 years of age and had a provisional operator’s permit for at least 12 months before he or she is granted full driving privileges.
Risks Associated with Teen Drivers
Some of the risks strongly associated with teen driving are the lack of experience and distraction. The State of Nebraska and other states realize that driver distractions are greater for younger drivers than they are for older drivers, so they take additional precautions, such as limiting the number of individuals who could be in a car with an experienced driver. In fact a young driver may not have more than one passenger who is not a member of the driver’s immediate family.
In addition, Omaha can be a difficult city to drive in. It is a hilly city and the weather can be unpredictable. Further, a rapidly-growing community has more drivers on the road every year. When a driver with a lack of experience drives in these conditions an accident can happen.
How Parents Can Help Prevent Crashes
A parent should tell their teenage child to call 911 if they are in an accident. They should make a kit for their teenage driver that gives them a step-by-step instruction of what to do. Many insurance companies do that for their adult drivers. It includes a copy of the insurance card, a phone number for the insurance company, and a card that explains what a person should do after an accident.
In order to prevent accidents, it is important that before, they put a child behind the wheel of a car, the child has enough time to learn the car, be familiar with the area, and be prepared for all of the eventualities that could happen. The law sets minimum standard requirements for drivers that they need to meet to get their license, but just because the law sets these minimum requirements does not mean that it is the best practice. Parents should instead make sure that their children are prepared to drive.
Reach Out to an Omaha Teen Driver Accident Attorney
If your child was in a car crash or if you were in a crash involving a teen driver, it is important to get the legal help you need. An Omaha teen driver accident attorney can help you understand your rights and options. Call Berry Law today for a free case evaluation.