Tragic DeKalb County Car Wreck Underscores Risk to Teen Drivers


November 05, 2010

A tragic DeKalb County auto accident involving members of the SW DeKalb County High School band serves as a sad reminder that while teen accident rates are declining the risk of a car accident involving a teen driver is still substantial. One member of the high school band was killed, and three others suffered serious injuries. The driver purportedly swerved to avoid hitting a dog and collided with another vehicle before the car overturned. The driver's 14 year old sister was killed in the accident. The four teenagers were apparently on their way home from band practice when the accident occurred.

The tragic accident occurred only days after the results of a new study were released indicating that teen accident rates are at an all time low. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing those injured in serious auto accidents, including those involving teen drivers, for over 25 years.

While teen accident rates are on the decline due in large part to restrictions placed on teen drivers and extended wait times before teen drivers can obtain a driver's license, fatal auto collisions remain the leading cause of death for those between 16-20 years of age. The Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) specifically addresses a number of specific risks posed by teenaged drivers in Georgia. TADRA requires a teenage driver to wait longer to obtain a driver's license so that the teenage driver has more experience driving. Because approximately 63% of teenage traffic fatalities are passengers as opposed to drivers, TADRA also restricts teen driver's ability to transport teenagers who are not family members in their vehicle for the first 12 months after obtaining a driver's license.

The TADRA restrictions overall aim at reducing teenage driving risks related to inexperience. The risk of accidents like the DeKalb County auto accident where a driver swerves into another car to avoid colliding with an animal is greater for a less experienced driver. While neither alcohol use nor excessive speed is believed to have been a factor in the DeKalb County accident, they are common factors that contribute to many teenage accidents. While TADRA and other graduated license programs have done a great deal to reduce teen accident rates, driver inexperience will still result in tragic accidents like this one. Many states have increased the restrictions they place on teen drivers, partially to compensate for the fact that teen drivers are the least experienced drivers on the road. Hopefully, Georgia will follow suit because additional restrictions may continue to reduce the accident rate amongst our least experienced but most at-risk population of drivers.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represents those seriously injured or killed in car crashes throughout Atlanta and Georgia. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Georgia car wreck, call Montlick & Associates today to see how our Georgia car wreck lawyers can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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