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Some vehicles are safer than others when it comes to teen drivers

Most parents in Ottawa will do whatever it takes to keep their children safe while in a vehicle. What that entails will vary depending on the age of the child. For teenagers who have their driver’s licence, the type of vehicle they drive could make a difference. The Globe and Mail recently published an article regarding the types of vehicles that are safest for teens in Canada to drive. The article relied upon information provided by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS crash-tests vehicles to determine how safe they are. Since teens are particularly at risk for being involved in a crash, the IIHS recommends that drivers who fit into this demographic stick to vehicles that have less horsepower and are on the heavier end of the spectrum. In addition, the more added safety features they have, the better. Included on the list are the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2005 Volvo XC90.

There are multiple reasons why teen drivers are at risk to be involved in a crash. Among those reasons is the propensity of individuals in that age range to engage in risky behavior and not think things through before taking action. In some cases, underage drinking is a contributing factor.

Regardless of the age of the driver, if that person's negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the person who died may take legal action against the driver. Because depending on the circumstances, proving negligence can be difficult, it is vital to work with a personal injury lawyer.

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