Shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 16-year-old Kiana Yazdihan sustained injuries that proved fatal in a crash in Rancho Santa Margarita, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling at a high rate of speed on Melinda Road, the 19-year-old driver of the Mercedes-Benz Yazdihan and her older sister were riding in lost control near Santa Margarita Parkway, veered from the roadway and went up an embankment, where the vehicle collided with several trees. Emergency responders transported Yazdihan, her sister, and the three other occupants, their ages ranging from 15 to 19, to area hospitals. Yazdihan, who was critically injured, died on Thursday, December 12. Authorities suspect that speed and moisture from the rain were contributing factors and are investigating the accident.
Across the United States, auto collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers, claiming the lives of seven teens in the 16-to-19-year-old age group every day in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With a greater propensity to speed, shun seat beats, and to underestimate dangerous situations—especially in the presence of teenage passengers—16- to 19-year-olds are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be involved in a fatal accident.
California’s civil justice system provides recourse for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic crashes. To learn more about filing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim after a serious or fatal accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kiana Yazdihan. We would also like to wish a full recovery to her sister and the other teens who were injured.