Should I let my teenager drive a big pickup truck?

It is best not to let a teenager drive a big pickup truck if possible. While it is natural to assume that pickup trucks are a good vehicle choice for teenagers because they are large and seemingly offer significant protection in the event of an accident, pickup trucks are one of the most dangerous choices for young and inexperienced drivers. According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorists are more than 150 percent more likely to die in a pickup truck accident than they are in a car accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled a list of the safest vehicles for teenagers — not a single pickup truck is on that list. There are multiple reasons for this:

1. Pickup trucks have a high center of gravity. While this offers drivers a better vantage point, it also increases the likelihood of a rollover accident. Teenagers who are still learning how to drive may take a corner too fast or not see a hazard until the last minute, jerking the wheel to avoid a collision. Given the higher center of gravity, any sudden change in direction can cause a big pickup truck to roll over in situations that a sedan or smaller truck may not.
2. Large pickup trucks also make it harder for teenage drivers to see behind them, increasing the chance of a teenager backing up into another vehicle, a pet or a pedestrian.
3. Pickup trucks, depending on the size and height, have limited visibility lines.
4. The weight of pickup trucks means they take longer to stop; teenagers are known for sudden stops, following too close and distracted driving.
5. The image of a pickup implies durability, stability and safety which invites teenagers to test those ideas via off-road driving, speeding and taking risks they might not take in a car.

Those injured in a pickup truck accident can pursue compensation from the party responsible. Depending on the nature of the accident, a claim may be filed against another driver or the vehicle’s manufacturer. A dedicated Charleston area personal injury lawyer can help families understand their rights after a pickup truck accident.

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Should I let my teenager drive a big pickup truck?

It is best not to let a teenager drive a big pickup truck if possible. While it is natural to assume that pickup trucks are a good vehicle choice for teenagers because they are large and seemingly offer significant protection in the event of an accident, pickup trucks are one of the most dangerous choices for young and inexperienced drivers. According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorists are more than 150 percent more likely to die in a pickup truck accident than they are in a car accident.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled a list of the safest vehicles for teenagers — not a single pickup truck is on that list. There are multiple reasons for this:

1. Pickup trucks have a high center of gravity. While this offers drivers a better vantage point, it also increases the likelihood of a rollover accident. Teenagers who are still learning how to drive may take a corner too fast or not see a hazard until the last minute, jerking the wheel to avoid a collision. Given the higher center of gravity, any sudden change in direction can cause a big pickup truck to roll over in situations that a sedan or smaller truck may not.
2. Large pickup trucks also make it harder for teenage drivers to see behind them, increasing the chance of a teenager backing up into another vehicle, a pet or a pedestrian.
3. Pickup trucks, depending on the size and height, have limited visibility lines.
4. The weight of pickup trucks means they take longer to stop; teenagers are known for sudden stops, following too close and distracted driving.
5. The image of a pickup implies durability, stability and safety which invites teenagers to test those ideas via off-road driving, speeding and taking risks they might not take in a car.

Those injured in a pickup truck accident can pursue compensation from the party responsible. Depending on the nature of the accident, a claim may be filed against another driver or the vehicle’s manufacturer. A dedicated Charleston area personal injury lawyer can help families understand their rights after a pickup truck accident.

Other Truck Accident FAQs:

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

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