A recent fatal teen car accident in Collier County is a tragic reminder of what a dangerous time it is for our young drivers on Florida roadways.
As teens get ready for graduation, our Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys want to remind young drivers to use caution on roadways as you celebrate the ending of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
Wink News Now reported that a teen from Immokalee attempted to pass another vehicle on Westclox Street when he nipped the left rear-bumper of the other vehicle. The impact caused the teen’s car to spin out of control before crashing into a mobile home. The other vehicle also overturned and ejected the two passengers from the car.
The Miami Herald reports that the two teens killed in the collision were less than a week from graduating from high school. The teen driver of the first vehicle and a teen passenger in the second vehicle were both killed. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.
We posted last month on our Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Blog that May was National Youth Traffic Safety Month – a reminder that teens should strive to be safe drivers every time they get behind the wheel. The months of May, June, July and August are proven the deadliest for teens ages 15 to 19. Proms, graduation, and summer activities bring more teens out onto the roads, leading to a higher rate of teen deaths and severe injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes.
Emotions can run high for young drivers dealing with personal issues, which can lead to acts of road rage. Naples Daily News reports the two teens killed in the crash had been dating and recently broke up at a party.
Young drivers are reminded of the following summer safety tips presented by the National Safety Council as part of National Safety Month in June:
-When attending graduation or summer parties, a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol should be in place. Never get behind the wheel under the influence or get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.
-Eliminate cell-phone distractions by turning your phone off when you get behind the wheel.
-Drivers under the age of 18 should not ride with other teens in their vehicle.
-Wear your sea tbelt to avoid a ticket or fatal injury in a motor vehicle accident.
-Refrain from driving after 10 p.m. by either staying over or having a parent pick you up.
If you or a teen driver in your family has been injured in a Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach car accident, contact the car accident lawyers at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC for a free case evaluation. Call 1-800-561-7777 to discuss your rights today.
More Blog Entries:
Spring Break Dangerous Time for Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, February 24, 2011
Road Rage Often Leads to Palm Beach Car Accidents, South Florida Injury Lawyers Blog, March 21, 2011
Prom Night a Danger for Teens Involved in Drunk Driving Accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Blog, April 25, 2011