Articles Posted in Teen Car Accidents

A tractor-trailer crash in North Carolina recently killed a 19-year-old girl on N.C. Highway 258 in Onslow County, after officials say the young woman crossed the center lane and struck the trailer head-on. teen boy

According to WNCT CBS North Carolina, the teen was traveling south on the highway in her Jeep Cherokee at around 3:30 in the afternoon. After crossing the center line, she struck the northbound trailer head-on. Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol say neither speed nor alcohol was a likely factor in the crash, and they do not expect charges to be filed against the truck driver.

So where does this leave the heartbroken family of this young girl? From a civil liability standpoint, there may be few options, but it’s always worth at least speaking to an attorney. It does not appear, simply based on the cursory facts we know, that the trucker was negligent. It’s plausible distraction was a factor, given that we know speed and impairment were not factors and that teens have a higher propensity to be distracted by cell phones than their older cohorts. As injury attorneys, we might examine the design of the highway to determine whether there are any defects or dangerous conditions that might have played a role, although no source has suggested that as a possibility at this point. We might also look at the make and model of the vehicle and determine whether there were any defects or dangerous conditions there that could have been a factor.

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Teen driver deaths, fueled largely by speeding and distraction, were up 10 percent last year, according to two recently released studies. teens

While the number of teen driving-related deaths has been slashed by nearly half, from 8,250 in 2005 to 4,270 in 2014, last year saw one of the first increases in a decade. In the last five years, according to the AAA auto club, there were 14,000 fatal crashes involving teens. Nearly 33 percent of those involved drivers who were speeding. Also, according to the newest figures released from the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of motorists killed in teen driver crashes increased from 4,272 in 2014 to 4,689 last year. These accidents all involve teen drivers, but the deaths include passengers, persons in other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. In fact, more than two-thirds of those killed in teen driver crashes were someone other than the teen driver.

Teens are among the most vulnerable drivers on the road. They lack experience. They often lack an understanding of the serious danger they face – and the great caution they must exercise.

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A North Carolina wrongful death lawsuit against a drunk driver was amended recently to add as defendants two local bars that allegedly served alcohol to an underage person who was visibly intoxicated. wreckedcar3.jpg

That driver, a 20-year-old man from Asheboro, reportedly patronized two Chapel Hill bars using a fake identification before climbing behind the wheel of his Jeep and driving the wrong direction on I-85 in Hillsborough. He was traveling north in the southbound lanes in July when his vehicle collided with a passenger vehicle, killing three people – including a 6-year-old girl – and seriously injuring a 9-year-old girl.

Authorities later determined the Jeep driver had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.17, which is more than twice the level of North Carolina’s threshold for drunk driving, which 0.08. He also allegedly had marijuana in his system.
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Our Spartanburg car crash lawyers understand that working with private investigators can have a major effect on the amount of recovery for an injured client.

crashed-car-921217-m.jpgAccording to a recent report on Fox Carolina, police and firefighters responded to a car that was on fire after a crash. Emergency calls came in just after six in the morning in front of a middle school in Greer, South Carolina.

Police and bystanders were able to pull the driver free, but the passenger in the front seat was trapped in the burning car. By the time emergency personnel were able to put out the fire, two of the passengers had died and a third was flown by medevac helicopter to a burn center in Augusta.
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Three lives were cut short and many more are forever altered, after authorities say a 17-year-old unlicensed driver reportedly made the decision to attempt a pass in a No Pass Zone in Whiteville around 10 p.m. on Friday.
The youth had three other teens in his car. As he went left of center, he realized he wasn’t going to make it. He served back into his own lane, and struck the fender of the vehicle in front of him. The 78-year-old driver of that car lost control and crashed into a third car, carrying two girls, ages 8 and 13. Those two girls and 78-year-old driver died. The teen’s passengers suffered minor injuries.

Now, the 17-year-old is facing criminal charges of death by motor vehicle, driving without a license and driving left of center. Winston-Salem car accident attorneys know that as we approach summer, we can unfortunately expect to see more incidents like this, as teen drivers have more freedom, more time and less supervision than during the school year. The National Safety Counsel has identified the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the most dangerous time of year for teen drivers and their passengers.
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Three people were killed in a recent car accident in Darlington County. According to Coroner Todd Hardee, the accident happened along a rural road when a vehicle crossed over the center lane and into the path of an oncoming car. The two collided head on. Two people in one of the vehicles died. The third fatality was an occupant of the other car. All of the victims were in their 20s, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Our Spartanburg car accident lawyers understand that most fatal car crashes happen in rural areas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 33,800 people who died in car accidents in 2009, nearly 60 percent of the accidents occurred in rural areas. Nearly 19,300 people were killed in car accidents in rural areas during the year. Even though only about 25 percent of the nation lived in rural areas in 2009, fatal accidents in these areas accounted for a large majority of the total number of traffic fatalities. From 2000 to 2009, rural fatalities decreased by more than 20 percent whereas urban fatalities decreased by only 10 percent.

The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was nearly 3 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas. In rural areas, nearly a third of all of traffic-related fatalities were speed-related whereas only about 30 percent of them were speed-related in urban areas.

In the state of South Carolina, nearly 1,000 people were killed in car accidents in rural areas. Less than 20 people were killed in car accidents during this time in urban areas. That means that 98 percent of these accidents happened in rural areas while only 2 percent happened in urban areas.

Another interesting fact is that about half of those who died in car accidents in rural areas died at the scene of the accident. This is most likely because it’s tougher to receive emergency response efforts in a timely manner in these areas. When you need help and you need it fast, being in a rural area isn’t the most opportunistic place you want to be.

Rural Driving Tips:

-Remember that these roads aren’t limited-access freeways. Be on the lookout for cross traffic and oncoming traffic.

-Keep an eye out for bicyclists and pedestrians.

-Be cautious of changing speed limits when approaching congestion areas and towns.

-Obey advisory speed signs when entering a curve.

-Be on the lookout for ditches, soft shoulders, roadside hazards, etc.

-Avoid tailgating other vehicles. Following cars too closely only increases your risks for an accident.

-Know when and where you can pass.

-Avoid speeding on these roads. Just because you deal with less traffic doesn’t mean you’re free to do as you wish.

-Be careful of slow-moving vehicles and farm machinery.
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In a recent teen car accident in Charlotte, a father was killed after being hit by a 20-year-old driver who is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol when the accident happened.

According to WCNC, the accident happened at about 1:00 a.m. on Reedy Creed Road as the man, his wife and his teenage daughter left their house to venture to Miami for a Father’s Day trip.
Officers have charged the 20-year-old driver with felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter.

Our Charlotte car accident attorneys understand the risks that are associated with drunk driving. Many drivers, especially the younger ones, feel that their invincible on our roadways. According to the most recent release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 30 percent of the drivers between the ages of 15- and 20-years-old who were killed in car accidents in 2010 were under the influence of alcohol at the time of collision. About 20 percent of these drivers were legally drunk.

Teens are out of school and they’re spending a lot of time on our roadways. Unfortunately, many of them will get their hands on alcohol, many will drink it and an alarming amount will get behind the wheel afterward. Parents are asked to talk with their young driver about the risks that are associated with drinking and driving before it’s too late.

In 2010, there were more than 10,000 people who were killed in alcohol-related car accidents. These types of accidents accounted for about a third of all fatal accidents during that year.

Unfortunately, many innocent motorists are injured and killed in drunk driving accidents, like the Charlotte man headed to Miami. In 2010, more than 15 percent of the kids who were killed during the year were killed in alcohol-related car accidents.

In the state of North Carolina, there were more than 450 people killed in alcohol-related car accident in 2010. Many of these fatalities were of our young, inexperienced and underage drivers. The truth of the matter is that these accidents can be prevented. There is never a time when a driver is forced to hop behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. There are alternatives. For those of you who are of age, you are asked to go out with a plan. Always have a designated driver that pledges not to drink anything. If you find yourself without a sober driver, you always have the option to call a taxi, take the bus, call a friend or stay somewhere safe. Never should getting behind the wheel be you decision. We can help to save tens of thousands of lives each year by practicing safe and responsible habits behind the wheel.
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Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident in Spartanburg and elsewhere. According to the recently-released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 2,000 of these young drivers, those ages 15- to 20-years-old, who were killed in car accidents in 2010.

In addition to all of these young fatalities, another 200,000 were seriously injured. While this number shows a 2 percent decrease from the previous year, it’s still important that we stay on top of these young drivers and their skills behind the wheel to help to further reduce their risks, especially during the hectic summer travel season.
Our Spartanburg injury attorneys understand that teens are being let out of school for their summer breaks and they’re walking into some serious risks. During this time, there are a lot of young drivers on our roadways and the number of accidents spike because of it. Be sure to talk with the teen driver in your family before it’s too late. Talk with them about the dangers, the risks and the consequences that are associated with dangerous driving habits. Make sure that they understand the rules of South Carolina’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) program and that they abide by these rules at all times.

According to the newest statistics from the NHTSA, car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens here in South Carolina and elsewhere throughout the county. In 2010, there were more than 210 million licensed drivers in the U.S. These young drivers only accounted for about 6.5 percent of these drivers. This is a near 8 percent increase from the number of young licensed drivers the previous year. An increase in drivers equates to an increase in the risks for accidents. About 10 percent of the drivers who were involved in fatal accidents in 2010 were teenagers. Parents can do their part to help their child reduce the summer risks. Safe driving skills come with time and a thorough driving education.

Throughout the entire year, there were close to 1,320,000 police-reported accidents involving young drivers. And these were only the accidents that were reported. Officials believe that this number is actually much higher as they believe that many teen accidents are not reported to officials.

Throughout 2010, the state of South Carolina lost more than 120 of these teens in car accidents. Most of these fatalities were of those who were the passengers of a young driver’s vehicle. This illustrates the need to talk with our young ones about the importance of being a safe passenger, too. Teen passengers are the leading cause of distraction for young drivers. Beyond that, who your child chooses to ride with can have a great impact on their risks for an accident.
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You can already start your car with the touch of a button. Pretty soon we may be able to drive that way, too!

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), a majority of drivers who were given a sneak peek at the connected-car technology say that they support it and would most likely want it in their own car. These cars would be able to talk to one another and ultimately stop accidents. Drivers are saying that the benefits are there and the technology just might have what it takes to help to reduce the risks of auto accidents in Rock Hill and elsewhere.
A number of organizations and companies have been working on this technology for some time now, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Research and Innovation Technology Administration (RITA). Officials have been looking into just how well this technology has been designed and just how feasible it is for the everyday driver.

Well, everyday drivers have tested it and they’re giving it the thumbs up. How the technology works is that it would allow cars to “talk” to one another and provide important information to avoid a collision. It could keep cars away from one another and on our roadways.

Our Rock Hill accident lawyers understand the benefits that this technology can bring to roadways across the country. With the WiFi-like technology, car accidents may someday be a thing of the past. It has the potential to be like cruise control, but only with the car steering itself, too. Unfortunately, this technology isn’t here yet and drivers need to stay on their best behavior behind the wheel to stay out of potentially fatal accidents.

The recent announcement regarding the overall acceptance of the new technology among the public was the result of six “driver acceptance” clinics. The clinics were conducted across the country. The programs were held from August of last year through this January. More than 680 drivers participated and the information gathered concluded that most of the drivers support the creation and the implementation of this technology.

“Safety is our top priority, and we are always looking for ways that innovative technology can be harnessed to improve driver safety,” said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

This technology offers us a tremendous promise toward improving roadway safety. Not only could risks on our roadways be minimized, but it also has the potential to reduce roadway congestion and help to increase fuel efficiency.

Here’s how it breaks down:

-More than 80 percent of drivers say that they agree with the technology and would like to have it on their vehicle.

-About 90 percent of drivers said that they felt that the technology would increase roadway safety.

-The technology works by alerting drivers about other vehicles coming near, cars riding in blind spots and roadway locations.
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You’re most likely to die in a car accident in Rock Hill and elsewhere over the next few months.

As a matter of fact, Memorial Day marked the beginning of the 100 deadliest days on our roadways. From now to Labor Day, troopers across the state say that they’re going to be out combing the roads for dangerous drivers, according to Carolina Live.

This 100 day-long campaign is called HEAT, meaning Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are displaying dangerous driving habits, those who aren’t wearing seat belts and for motorcyclists who aren’t wearing a helmet.
According to Highway Patrol Capt. Gil Owens, more than 70 percent of motorcyclists who die in accidents in the state aren’t wearing helmets at the time of the collision. Our Rock Hill accident lawyers are asking motorists of all kinds to be safe on our roadways over the next few months. This includes wearing a seat belt, wearing a helmet, staying calm behind the wheel and following all of our road laws.

According to the Department of Public Safety, state law requires only motorcyclists under the age of 21-years-old to wear a motorcycle helmet. Officials with the Highway Patrol are asking all motorcyclists to wear a helmet — for their life.

Owens also encourages drivers to keep an extra watchful eye out for motorcyclists. Oftentimes, these two-wheeled vehicles get lost in our car’s blind spots. Before making moves in traffic, be sure to look twice.

In addition to helping to keep our motorcyclists safe, the Highway Patrol is also asking all motorists to wear their seat belt. According to recent numbers, nearly 65 percent of people who die in auto accidents are not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.

Seat belts are required by law, but state troopers say that pulling violators over will not be their first priority.

“This is not a ticket writing initiative, this is a life-saving initiative, so we can save lives,” said Leroy Smith, director of the SC Dept. of Public Safety.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the number of both pedestrian and motorcyclist fatalities so far in 2012 are up. For that reason, troopers are also pushing pedestrian safety. To do so, troopers are giving out thousands of reflective wrist bands for pedestrians to wear. It’s important to make yourself visible when walking along our roadways, especially during the evening and morning hours.

To help to raise awareness about all of these safety efforts, variable message boards across the state will be urging motorists to wear their seat belts, motorcyclists to strap on their helmet and pedestrians to make themselves seen in traffic! Be safe out there during the most dangerous time of the year!
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