While Most Teens Await the Magic Age of 16, Driving is Best Seen as a Privilege, and Not a Right

Teenage drivers put themselves and others at risk, but the risks can go even further and include their parent’s financial security.  Car accidents cost money.  Medical bills, expensive property damage, time off of work and even legal costs add up quickly.  A teen driver puts his parent’s financial future at risk.

The age of 16 has been a special rite-of-passage-age for Missouri teens for generations.  Teenagers can become licensed drivers at the age of 16, after all, and in that simple process the world as the teenage previously knew opens up.  The truth is, however, that the world has changed for Missouri teenage drivers.  Even the process of obtaining a Missouri driver’s license has changed with the introduction of Missouri’s Graduated Driver’s License.

While many teenagers would heartily disagree, the act of handing the keys over to a teenage driver is not a right, but a privilege.  Too few teenagers, and even their parents, have come to view driving as a right that should be afforded to all teens.  One look at the most recent driving statistics quickly puts the matter into perspective.  Car accidents are the number one cause of death for Missouri teens. 

What is the most common type of car accident for a teenager to cause?  Teen drivers cause rear-end collisions more than any other type of car crash.  Most of the time, the rear-end collision is caused by a teenager who is just not paying attention.  

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.
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