On Wednesday, a 15-year-old took some friends joyriding through Pine Valley in a relative’s SUV. While speeding south on Buckman Springs Road, the young, unlicensed driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to rollover. While five of the teenagers—ranging in age from 14 to 15—sustained minor to moderate injuries, one passenger suffered serious internal injuries and was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
“Unfortunately, car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States,” remarked a California injury attorney, “and males between the ages of 15 and 19 are at the greatest risk.”
The circumstances of this joyriding accident mirror teenage driving statistics: While individuals aged 15 to 24 account for only 14% of the population, 30% of the total costs of car accident injuries can be attributed to them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When teenage passengers accompany unsupervised teenage drivers, the risk of a car accident increases with the number of passengers. In this accident, there were five teenage passengers. Inexperienced drivers, teenagers have a tendency to underestimate dangerous situations. Two factors contributed to this accident: the driver was speeding and failed to slow down for a curb; after losing control of the vehicle, the driver over-corrected, which caused the vehicle to rollover. Moreover, 37% of male drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years old involved in fatal crashes in 2005 were speeding when the accident occurred.
Over the years, the California injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie have helped numerous families during the difficult months that follow a car accident. We would like to wish the teenagers involved in this accident a full recovery from their injuries. We would also like to offer their parents a link to an online community dedicated to increasing teenage driving safety, where they will be able to communicate with parents who have had similar experiences. The community is called “Journey Safe” and can be found at http://www.journeysafe.com/index.asp
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Link to Find My Accident article: http://findmyaccident.com/california/2010/09/17/6-teens-injured-in-joyride-rollover-in-pine-valley/
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