Motor Vehicle Accidents and Teen Drivers: New Law
For over 25 years, Grazian and Volpe has advocated on behalf of victims injured in motor vehicle accidents. Tragically, a good majority of motor vehicle accidents are the result of distracted drivers, truck drivers or motor carrier drivers ignoring safety standard, intoxicated drivers or inexperienced drivers, i.e, Teen Drivers. These avoidable personal injuries are always jarring and senseless to the victims, their families and the personal injury attorneys called upon to advocated on their behalf.
It is now promising to find that new federal laws regarding teen drivers may result from the data collected from a recent national survey conducted by Allstate Insurance. The survey found that 6 out of 10 Americans support a “national graduate driver licensing (GDL) law”. Currently, the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) is pending in Congress as part of a broader bill known as Mariah’s Law named after an Arkansas teen killed in a crash involving texting.
STANDUP would restrict nighttime driving, limit the number of passengers in a teen’s car, prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, and the issuance of permits and licenses with specific age requirements thorough a gradual, multi-phased process.
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