Fatal Carolina accident involving teenager illustrates importance of safe-driving decisions

Friends and family are mourning the death of a young teen killed in a tragic North Carolina car accident last week.

Our North Carolina personal injury attorneys and wrongful death attorneys encourage to take this opportunity to speak to your teen about the dangers of speeding and other poor driving decisions. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to report, car accidents are the leading cause of death of teenagers ages 15 to 20.

According to the WRAL news source, the Clayton senior was following a friend home from Wal-Mart at approximately 11p.m. when the victim’s truck swerved several times before running off the right side of the road, landing in a ditch after rolling over and hitting several trees.

The accident was likely a result of the teen speeding; traveling at a speed of 70mph, according to authorities. The teen reportedly was not wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred, which caused him to be partially ejected from the vehicle. The friend of the victim called 911 to report the accident and walked to the victim’s house, a tenth of a mile from the accident, to break the news to his parents. Friends of the victim held a candlelight ceremony to honor his memory.

Based on 2008 data, there were 2,739 killed and another 228,000 young drivers injured in motor vehicle crashes for this age group. North Carolina, in 2008, reported a total of 250 fatalities involving crashes with young drivers between the ages of 15-20 years old.

South Carolina reported almost half of that with 141 fatalities in this age group.

North Carolina reported 95 young drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes for 2008. South Carolina reported a total of 71 fatalities for young driver ages 15-20 during 2008.

Though fatalities for this age group have declined somewhat since 1998, 12% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 were drivers in the 15-20 year-old age group.

For experienced representation in North or South Carolina automobile accidents contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith for assistance. If you have been seriously injured call 1-800-887-1965 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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