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Teenager Loses Control of Car Resulting in Death of 15-Year-Old Gainesville Boy

August 19, 2015

No matter what the circumstances may be surrounding a particular auto accident, it is always painful and tragic to see a child become injured or worse, killed. Recently, a 15-year-old Gainesville boy suffered a fate that no child or family should bear. According to a local report, the boy lost his life after the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle he was riding in lost control of the car and slammed into a tree. It is unclear how or why the driver lost control of the car, but the fact remains that the boy's family will never be the same again.

Common Reasons Why Drivers Lose Control of Their Vehicles

It is possible that the driver's young age may have played a role in causing the accident; however, there are no reports at this point to suggest how it occurred. Regardless, age is a factor that should be taken into consideration when evaluating an accident, as younger individuals, especially teenagers, are less experienced than more seasoned drivers. In addition to age, additional reasons that can be the cause for a driver's loss of control of a vehicle include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Speeding;
• Inattention and/or distracted driving (i.e., taking pictures, talking on the phone, texting, etc.);
• Mechanical and/or tire failure;
• Over-braking, or failure to timely brake;
• Striking and/or being struck by another vehicle or object;
• Weather; and
• Evasive maneuvers.

There are countless reasons why a driver might lose control of his or her car, and at times, such loss of control is due to the driver's conduct. At other times, it can be more difficult to place blame on one particular person or another. As such, it is crucial to keep in mind that no two accidents are likely to present the same set of facts. This is especially important when considering legal action after suffering injuries in any automobile accident, as the true cause of an accident isn't always clear until further investigation is conducted.

While it is too soon to determine whether or not the 19-year-old driver will be held responsible for causing the accident that resulted in the tragic death of the 15-year-old boy, it is something that will likely be uncovered in the near future as the accident is thoroughly analyzed.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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