As we reported earlier this month on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 20. In 2008, a total of 98 drivers and 80 passengers were killed in North Carolina car accidents involving teenagers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nationwide, more than 2,500 teens were killed and 228,000 were seriously injured.
In this case, the North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that the girl was the passenger in a 2003 Ford truck driven by an 18-year-old on N.C. 73 near Lake Lynn Road. The driver apparently over-corrected when the truck went off the right side of the road, causing the pickup to flip over and strike a utility pole. The Concord High senior was killed — the driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The two had been returned from Concord High’s graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon when the accident occurred. The cause of the accident remains under investigation and no determination has been made about whether charges will be filed.
Fatal car accidents involving teenagers are among the most tragic cases a Concord injury lawyer can handle; no amount of compensation can right such a wrong. Sometimes such crashes are unavoidable but we encourage you to do everything possible to ensure your child stays safe on the road this summer.
The highway patrol reports that a North Carolina teenager is involved in a car accident every half hour. Crash rates also increase sharply when teenagers begin to drive unsupervised. The patrol urges parents to enter into a driving agreement with their teenage drivers.
The contract states a teenager will:
-Never drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol.
-Always wear a seat belt.
-Never drive aggressively.
-Obey the speed limit.
-Avoid driver distractions.
The North Carolina car accident lawyers at Lee & Smith represent clients who have been injured or killed in traffic accidents throughout North Carolina, including Charlotte, Durham and Winston-Salem. Call today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.