According to a recent survey in January 2017, Philadelphia has some of the safest roads in the nation. It ranked highly for traffic, which is understandable considering its proximity to New York City. However, its road quality was good, and its number of car accidents resulting from DUI and speeding was among the lowest in the United States. It was ranked among the top 10 states for safety for teen drivers. Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of concerning its roads and record of driving safety. However, this doesn't mean accidents never happen in Philadelphia. They do.
Approximately 60 traffic accidents involving teen drivers happen every year in Philadelphia. Fortunately, most of these are not fatal, with only 3 teen drivers being killed in traffic accidents in the city in 2015 and in 2016, respectively. That's not a lot by any means, and much lower than in most cities. However, it's still too many. Sometimes, teens are the cause of the accidents that involve them. Sometimes they are not. The point is that teen drivers are inexperienced and more likely to make mistakes while driving, or to be unable to extricate themselves from potentially dangerous driving situations. The majority of accidents involving teens anywhere is due simply to their inexperience behind the wheel.
Texting while driving is illegal for everyone in Philadelphia. The state of Pennsylvania has added some additional restrictions on teen drivers regarding what they can and can't do during each phase of their journey to a full license.
Of course, when accidents do occur, a Philadelphia personal injury attorney should be retained at once. If a teen driver caused the accident, their parents' car insurance should pay for any medical bills and time off work the injured party experienced as a result of the accident. If the teen was not at fault and was injured by another driver, that teen's parents can retain a personal injury attorney to obtain compensation for bills resulting from their child's injury and any time off work the parents had to take to deal with this situation.
Settlements can often be reached out of court. However, your Philadelphia car accident lawyer is always ready to take your case to court, and even before a jury, if need be. All you have to do is call a Philadelphia auto accident lawyer to get started.