A North Carolina mother is bringing a popular and effective driving program, B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), to this part of the Carolinas. She decided she wanted to expand the program and offer it to local teen drivers after losing her two sons in a car accident near Asheville just a year ago.
The mother, Wanda Laslie, says there’s nothing she can do to bring her sons back, but with the safe driving program she has expanded she’s hoping to spare another parent her pain, according to LEX18.
In the accident report from her sons’ accident, law enforcement officers conclude that the vehicle was going nearly 150 miles per hour when it veered off the road and head-on into a tree. Her two sons and a third passenger were in the car when it all happened. All three died.
Our Asheville car accident attorneys know all too well the consequences of erratic driving. Every day, there are thousands of car accidents caused by irresponsible driving habits. What’s saddest about it all is that these accidents are 100 percent preventable with a little bit of awareness and caution behind the wheel. It’s just getting drivers to exercise that caution and awareness that’s tough.
Back in 2008, Doug Herbert felt the same pain as the North Carolina woman. He lost two sons in a tragic car accident as well. It was his pain that kicked off the launch of the B.R.A.K.E.S. driving program. Shortly after the launch of this program, it established a mission statement to help to prevent injuries and help to save young drivers’ lives by training and educating our young ones and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving habits.
Since 2008, the program has been able to reach nearly 5,000 students in nearly 20 different states and 2 countries. In 2011, B.R.A.K.E.S. has conducted programs in five new states including both North Carolina and South Carolina. Now, this program has specifically been launched in our area, helping to keep teens safe on our roadways.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In 2009, eight teens in this age group were killed every day in these kinds of accidents. As a matter of fact, per mile driven, they’re more likely than any other age group to be involved in a fatal accident.
In 2009, roughly 3,000 teens were killed in traffic accidents. Another 400,000 were taken to emergency departments for injuries suffered in the same instances.
Although teens account for less than 15 percent of the country’s population, they accounted for about a third of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.
Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or the teen driver in your family has been injured or killed in a car accident in Asheville or elsewhere throughout the Carolinas. Our experienced team of Carolina car accident lawyers can help to advise you of your rights and pursue the proper compensation for your injuries. Call 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Driving Safety in Ashville & the DSFL Program, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, April 12, 2012
Will New Ordinance Help Minimize Car Accidents in North Carolina?, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, March 15, 2012