An early morning head-on collision has claimed the life of one 18-year-old at A.L. Brown High School. After dropping his mother off at work, the Kannapolis Wonders senior linebacker was on his way to school with his younger brother when the crash occurred, the Independent Tribune reports.
Neither the driver of the SUV he struck, nor his brother, was seriously injured in the Kannapolis, North Carolina car accident. Police reports indicate the four-door Honda crossed the center line around 7 a.m. and struck an SUV head-on. Both alcohol and speeding have been ruled out. It is believed that the driver may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
As we recently noted in a posting to our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers blog, teenage drivers are the highest risk age group of any driver when it comes to being involved in a serious or fatal car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 188 young North Carolina drivers – aged 16 to 20 – were killed in fatal car accidents in 2008. Across the board, men were far likely to be killed in a car accident than their female counterparts.
Also in 2008, the NHTSA reports that there were 13.2 million licensed drivers aged 16 to 20 on national roadways, representing a little more than 6 percent of U.S. drivers. While the trend of young drivers being involved in fatal car accidents has dropped more than 25 percent since 1998, nearly 2,800 15- to 20-year-old drivers were killed and another 228,000 were injured in serious and fatal car accidents in 2008.
Please talk to your teen driver about safe driving habits and encourage them to remain proactive behind the wheel. Teaching your teen not to get into the car with a driver who has been drinking, and to avoid traveling in cars crowded with teenagers or with an irresponsible driver, could save their life.
North Carolina car accident lawyers with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights. Our service areas include: Albemarle, Asheboro, Charlotte and Concord.