Car Accident Lawyers in Georgia Discuss a Tragic Teen Speeding Accident


August 06, 2017

Two teens tragically died in a violent car crash that also injured three others. Police say that the accident, which occurred on Sunday, July 16, 2017, around 6:45 p.m., was caused by a teenage driver who was speeding. The fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Kenvilla Drive and Lawrenceville Highway in Gwinnett County. This tragic crash is another gruesome reminder of the dangers associated with teenage driving and speeding. Of course, teenage drivers owe the same duty of care to motorists that adults owe to other motorists. 

Law enforcement investigating the crash revealed few details at the outset of their investigation. However, police did say that a 37-year-old female driver of an SUV turned just before the other car struck her, according to WSB-TV. The other car, filled with four teenagers, all of whom were under 17-years-of-age slammed into the SUV. The car careened off of the road and cut through a utility pole. Police say that crash occurred because of how fast the teen was driving at the time of the crash. The driver died as did a 15-year-old passenger. The two other teenage passengers as well as the driver of the SUV were hurt. The investigation also revealed that the deceased driver was weaving in and out of traffic just before the fatal wreck.

One local driving instructor said she felt let down by the teen driver's actions. She told CBS 46 that she asks her students to take a moment and think about what it would be like for a teen's parents to hear that their precious son or daughter was killed in a car accident. Clearly, she wants every student of hers to know how dangerous driving is, especially when compounded by reckless behavior such as speeding, weaving, racing, driving while distracted by texting or using a Smartphone.  Driving is a privilege that must is honored, she says, and tells her students that not only does the teenage driver hold their life in their hands, but is also responsible for the safety of their passengers and other motorists.

Georgia law restricts who may be in a car with an inexperienced driver. For the first six months immediately after receiving a driver's license, the young driver can only have an immediate family as passengers. One non-family passenger, regardless of age, may be added during the second six months after receiving a driver's license. For the next six month period after that, the young driver may have three non-family passengers in the car with them.  A driver who obtains a learner's permit at 15-years-of-age may only drive if accompanied by a person over the age of 21.

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Sources:
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/gwinnett-county/speeding-causes-deaths-of-2-high-school-students-police-say/563045479
http://www.cbs46.com/story/35906795/driving-instructor-explains-rules-of-the-road-following-deadly-crash-involving-gwinnett-county-teens

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