In Vermont, many motor vehicle collisions that occur involve novice drivers. A novice driver is someone who possesses a junior driver’s license, which is someone who is age 16 or 17 and has passed the exam and met the other requirements. In Burlington, at age 15, a person can take a driver’s education course and obtain their permit. A person can get a full license at age 18, but they get a junior driver’s license at ages 16 and 17. The novice driver can go from a permit to a junior’s license if they are 16 or 17, then they can get a regular driver’s license at age 18.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle crash where a teen driver, reach out to Drew Palcsik at Champlain Valley Law as soon as possible. A knowledgeable car accident attorney like Drew can help you and your family recover compensation for damages.

Requirements for Teens to Drive in Burlington

If a teen wants to drive in Vermont and they do not have a license, they must obtain a Vermont learner’s permit. They must also be a Vermont resident, or a resident of another state enrolled in a Vermont driver education and training program. If they would like to get a junior driver’s license, which is issued to persons 16 or 17 years old, they must have a clean driving record without any learner’s permit recalls suspensions or revocations for six months prior to obtaining a junior driver’s license.

An individual must possess a learner’s permit for at least one year prior to obtaining a junior driver’s license, and they would have to pass a state-approved driver education and training course consisting of 30 hours of classroom study, 6 hours behind-the-wheel training, and 6 hours of observations.

They must also complete 40 hours of driving practice with at least 10 hours being nighttime driving. Nighttime driving is considered driving during the period of 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.

Reasons a Crash Can Occur

Generally, teen driving accidents are collisions that arise from inexperience or poor judgment. Teen drivers may be, but are not always, susceptible to distractions behind the wheel. Distractions need not be the obvious ones of texting or using a device but can also be as simple as having other friends in the car that are talking or laughing or otherwise creating a distraction from the driver’s primary task of being focused on the roadway in front of them.

It could be loud music that impairs a teen driver’s ability to hear oncoming traffic, a horn, or an emergency vehicle approaching. Teen drivers often do not have the experience to recognize weather-related hazards and to know when road conditions are unsafe for travel. Teen drivers may also not have enough familiarity with the vehicle they are operating to understand its steering and braking capacities in unusual circumstances.

Schedule a Consultation with a Burlington Teen Driver Car Accident Attorney For Help With Your Case Today

Primarily, inexperience and susceptibility to distraction are the risks associated with teen driving. If someone is a licensed operator who is harmed in a motor vehicle collision, they have the right to make a claim against the at-fault driver in the same manner as an adult or any other driver.

When looking for an attorney, it important to find a lawyer who is patient and has the skillset necessary to establish a trusting relationship with a teen driver. Drew Palcsik has the skills, knowledge, tools, and patience to help your case. It is important not only to make sure that the teen driver is fully and completely honest about all of the circumstances involved but is willing to take the time and put in the energy to meet with the lawyer and assist in the preparation of the case. Call a Drew Palcsik and the team at Champlain Valley Law today to get started on your case.