NJ.com had an interesting story recently about Kyleigh’s Law, noting that the decals placed on teen vehicles in New Jersey may not be reducing car accidents.
According to the news outlet, analysis of six years of crash data from 2006 through June 2012, showed that there was no drop in the number of accidents reported or citations issues involving teen drivers, ages 16 to 20.
Kyleigh’s Law requires teens, under the age of 21, who hold probationary permits, to place decals on the top left corner of their front and rear license plates. The decals cost $4 and are designed to let law enforcement officials and other drivers know that a teen may be driving around them.
New Jersey was the first state in the country to resort to teen decal measures. Teens who are found to be operating vehicles without the decals can face tickets and points on their drivers’ licenses.
Kyleigh’s Law was enacted after a 16-year-old Washington Township resident was killed in an accident involving another teen driver. The driver was violating New Jersey’s graduated drivers license provisions at the time of the accident by having multiple passengers in the vehicle when the crash occurred.
What to Do After a Teen Car Accident
We appreciate that New Jersey is attempting to do something to reduce teen driving accidents, even if the current laws have not helped statistically. As we reported in this 2013 blog post, teen drivers, ages 16 to 19, are about three times more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes than other drivers ages 20 and older are, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unfortunately, accidents involving teens can also harm other innocent victims of the road. If you or your loved one has sustained serious injuries in a car accident, speak to our Atlantic City injury attorneys about how we can help you.
We can investigate your case and determine if you are entitled to damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Keep following our blog or visit us on Facebook for continued New Jersey vehicle accident news.
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