Georgia Accident Attorneys Advise Teaching Teens That Driving is a Privilege
The consequences of making a mistake while driving can be inordinately high, which is why a driver must be cautious at all times. However, unlike other facets of life where we can learn and make mistakes relatively safely, driving is an altogether different scenario. There are no do-overs, second chances, or any amounts of apologies that will take the pain, anguish, and loss away from an innocent victim. The roads are unforgiving, and they should be. There are too many lives lost every year to careless driving, especially by teens who fail to appreciate the dangers attendant with driving.
A California teenager and her family experienced this harsh reality recently when the teen drove recklessly, killing her younger sister and severely injuring another young girl. This 18-year-old girl, who should have known better, violated almost every rule of safe driving. Her behavior demonstrated why teenage drivers are so dangerous to themselves and others sharing the road with them.
The video of the accident went viral in no time. The teenage driver was streaming a video of herself, her sister, and her sister's friend, speeding down a California highway via her Smartphone. In the video, she is singing along to a rap song, her hands come off of the wheel, and she can be observed taking her eyes off of the road.
Ultimately, the driver lost control of her car and went onto the soft shoulder of the road. At that point, she over-corrected and spun out, resulting in the vehicle striking a fence and flipping. The impact catapulted the driver's 14-year-old sister out of the car. The sister's friend was also tossed out of the vehicle. As the video continues, the driver re-emerges into the frame, and she starts talking to her dying sister. Blood-curdling screams are audible in the background, presumably from the other backseat passenger who suffered massive trauma to her legs.
The driver, who suffered only minor injuries, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. She was arrested and is facing a number of criminal charges in California. There is no word on whether a civil lawsuit has been or will be filed, but the prosecution plans on using the live video stream as compelling evidence of the driver's recklessness in court against her.
This tragic crash should never have happened. However, according to AAA's latest research, everyone who is on the road contemporaneously with a teenage driver is at risk. Nearly two-thirds of all people injured or killed in a crash involving a teenager is someone other than the teen driver. Distraction is the leading cause of a crash in 60% of all teen-related crashes. 89% percent of those crashes involve the car leaving the road, like the one described above. However, distractions are not limited to cell phone use, and AAA indicates that common distractions involve interacting with other people in the car, singing, grooming, or eating and drinking.
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