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Four-car wreck caused by teen driver

Montgomery – Police and EMS responded to a call about a multivehicle accident with injuries along Rte. 601 in the vicinity of Broadway. The investigation showed that a 17-year-old driver of a 2007 from Belle Mead was traveling north along Rte. 601 when he tried to negotiate a curve and passed traffic by entering double yellow median line. In the process, he crashed heads-on a 2003 Mitsubishi that was going toward the south and being operated by James Anson, age 37, and resident of Hamilton. Runnemede man Christopher Lynch, age 27, was driving his 2012 Honda and following behind Anson when his car was struck.

Another teenager was behind the wheel of his 2014 Honda traveling northbound when it was hit by debris from the collision. Anson and the teenage victim were treated at the scene, and later transported to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The young driver from Belle Mead was charged for passing improperly over the double yellow median line and reckless driving.

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the top causes of death for teens. Fortunately, crashes by teen motor vehicle are preventable, and many strategies are implemented to improve young driver’s safety on the road.

There are about 2,650 teens in the United States from ages 16–19 who are killed and more that 292,000 ending up in the ER for injuries sustained in motor-vehicle crashes. It follows that around seven teen-agers from ages 16 to 19 are killed daily from motor vehicle injuries.

Although young people from ages 15-24 represented only around 14% of the U.S. population; however, the percentage accounted for over 30%  estimated $19 billion worth of the of the entire costs of injuries from motor vehicle among men and around 28% or the amount of  $7 billion spending covering motor vehicle injuries among the women.

For safer driving, here are some methods:

1. Using proper seat belts

Of the young people dying as passengers in vehicular crashes in one year; 55% was without seat belts during the crash. Research proves that critical crash-related injuries and fatalities are reduced as much as 50% with the use of seat belts.

2. Do not drink if you drive 

It is strongly recommended that the laws for the legal age for drinking; as well as the laws for zero blood-alcohol tolerance must be mandated for drivers below the age of 21.

3. Adopt the GDL, also known as the drivers’ graduated license system. 

Young drivers need for skill-building and driving supervision for new drivers are for graduated driver licensing systems, which exist in all US states. GDL places restrictions on new drivers; these are systematically lifted as the driver gains experience.

Young driver must always be aware of the leading causes of teen crashes: inexperience driving; driving with teen passengers; driving at night; not using seat belts; distracted driving;; driving while drowsy; reckless driving and impaired driving.

If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by a Teen driver, contact our personal injury lawyers now for free consultation.

Source: My Central Jersey Com

Source: CDC Gov

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