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Fatal car accident involving two teens

Safety issues and speeding are two major concerns with having young drivers on the road for West Virginia drivers and residents across the nation. Fatal car accidents involving teen drivers are tragic. Not only does the fatality take a young life, but often these accidents are the consequence of poor decisions made behind the wheel. The safety of the driver, passengers and other drivers are compromised when teen drivers choose to speed, use their cell phone or not wear their seatbelts.

In recent news, a fatal single car accident involving two teens occurred. The driver was fifteen and only had a learner's permit, which meant that he was not legally able to drive a vehicle. The passenger was only fourteen. While en route to their destination, the teen driver lost control of the vehicle. Unable to correct the vehicle, the car hit a utility pole, followed by a tree and then overturned. The driver was not injured but the passenger was thrown from the car and died later due to the serious injuries that resulted.

Police investigation revealed that speed was a factor in the accident. The teen driver was traveling much too fast for the road, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The accident was also considered a "textbook case" where a seatbelt would have probably saved the life of the passenger. While the driver was wearing a seatbelt and suffered no injuries, the passenger was unrestrained and, as a result, thrown from the vehicle. The teen driver faces a charge of negligent homicide; the family of the deceased teen also could file a wrongful death suit, which could allow them to seek compensation from the driver. Any damages from the lawsuit would cover funeral costs, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Ensuring that certain safety measures are followed could sometimes mean the difference between life and death in an accident. No matter the age of the driver, it is important to watch your speed and to wear your seatbelt.

Source: Metro News, "Teen Driver Charged In Deadly Crash," Sept 18, 2012

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