According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,700 teens were killed in teen auto accidents and 282,000 were treated in emergency rooms during a recent 12-month period. Auto accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths and account for 25 percent of all teen deaths. Georgia's Governor's Highway Safety Association reported that there was a 20 percent increase in the number of teen fatalities in auto accidents in the first half of 2012 after more than a decade of declining fatalities.
Consulting a Jonesboro attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
A recent auto accident in another state shocked the conscience of parents and teen drivers as six teenagers were killed. Investigators of the fatal accident reported that excessive speed contributed to the SUV crashing into a guardrail and flipping into a pond. The female teen driver and five male teenage passengers were killed; victims ranged from 15-19 years old. Only two passengers survived the accident.
Georgia has implemented multifaceted strategies to ensure safe driving among those who are least experienced. Restricted licenses for teen drivers limit the number of young passengers and require an adult passenger. Cell phones are prohibited for teen drivers and texting while driving is illegal for young drivers (consistent with the prohibition against texting while driving for all drivers). There is also a zero tolerance law on teen drinking and driving and the threshold for teen drunk driving is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent, lower than the standard 0.08 percent for drivers over 21 years old. Public relations campaigns have emphasized the dangers of texting and driving and the prohibition against teen cell phone use while driving.
Among the most significant causes of teen auto accident fatalities identified by the CDC are:
- Inexperienced drivers showing bad judgment when identifying and reacting to road hazards;
- Distracted driving caused by cell phones, teen passengers and stereos;
- General inexperience and lack of maturity;
- Engaging in high-risk behavior;
- Failure to use safety precautions such as seat belts;
- Leaving insufficient stopping distance (tailgating);
- Road rage.
Though the accident was a tragedy, it is likely that the parents of the female teen driver will face wrongful death lawsuits from the families of the boys who were killed. Families of those killed in Georgia auto accidents can seek compensation for their loss. A Jonesboro auto accident attorney can pursue compensation from the person responsible for the accident and any insurance companies that may have covered the driver.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Jonesboro auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.