Dad's Decision Saves Son from Fatal Fiery Crash That Killed Five Teens


June 08, 2013

Our experienced Atlanta teen driving accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have previously written about the important role that parents play in monitoring the driving of their teenager and modeling safe driving practices.  Because many of our personal injury attorneys are parents of teens ourselves, we know that this advice is much easier to give than to follow in practice.  Teenagers by their nature are often defiant as they challenge limits and assert their growing independence.  As any parent knows, the process of trying to convince a teenager to drive safely can be extremely challenging.

If you are a parent struggling with this dilemma of imposing limits on teenagers committed to exploring their own autonomy, this tragic story may provide motivation to tackle this tough task.  Tamer Mosallam, a 17-year-old boy who lives in the affluent community in Orange County, CA, is alive because his father disrupted the teen’s Memorial Day celebration plans.  Mosallam was supposed to spend the weekend at the beach with five friends on a triple date.  Tragically, the teen would never see his friends again who were killed in a fiery crash that caused their car to be literally ripped in half.  The teen boy said that there were three girls and only two boys riding in the vehicle because Mosallam was supposed to go along until his dad intervened and vetoed the plan.

Our Georgia personal injury attorneys and staff at Montlick and Associates extend our deepest condolences to the families who lost a loved one.  We know the profound grief that overwhelms parents when they lose a child in a fatal car accident.  Although the fatal accident that claimed the lives of the five teens is currently under investigation, police have indicated that speed was a factor in the single-car crash on the busy six lane surface street.

While we grieve for those who lost their teenage child in this terrible tragedy, we are grateful that Mosallam was spared from this horrific crash.  Although dad probably faced opposition when he denied his teenager the ride with his teenage friends, his son avoided the situation that leads to many wrongful deaths and permanent injuries involving teens.  Almost sixty percent of teenagers that die when traveling as a passenger in a car, truck or SUV are riding in a vehicle driven by another teenager when the collision occurs.  The accident fatality rate for teenagers in motor vehicle accidents increases with each additional teen passenger.

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