Fatal North Carolina car accident a tragic reminder of danger to teenagers as holidays approach

Two East Carolina University students were killed in a Greenville, North Carolina car accident on Saturday, the Reflector reported.

The four young women were on their way to a salon in advance of their sorority induction later that evening. The women, ages 20, 20, 20 and 19, were in a Toyota that struck a tree after traveling off the right side of Greenville Boulevard near Rosewood Drive.

Our hearts go out to these families. And our Greenville injury attorneys urge parents and teenagers to openly discuss the dangers traffic accidents pose to young drivers as we head into the holiday season.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death of young people ages 15 to 20. In 2008, a total of 5,864 young drivers were involved in fatal accidents. A total of 250 motorists were killed in North Carolina car accidents involving young drivers. South Carolina car accidents involving teenage drivers claimed 141 lives.

Common dangers for young drivers include:

-Speeding
-Distracted driving
-Too many passengers in vehicle
-Not wearing seat belts
-Drunk driving
-Aggressive driving

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of North and South Carolina, including Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville and Burlington.

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