Oct. 18, 2012
The dangers of teen driving are real. Experts say roughly 36,000 American teens are killed and thousands more are injured each year on U.S. roadways, with motor vehicle accidents being the number one cause of death for the age group.
One major cause for these accidents is distraction, with more than 75 percent of teens admitting to texting while driving. This behavior can increase the chances of an accident by as much as four times. The dangers hit home for many in Franklin County, Virginia, earlier this week when a teen was killed and five others injured in a Virginia Auto Accident.
WSLS 10 News reports the crash occurred Sunday morning at around 3:30 a.m. A 19-year-old Vinton man was driving a Cadillac CTS eastbound on the highway when the vehicle veered off the road, striking a tree.
The 15-year-old front seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was declared dead at the scene, while the driver and four other passengers were rushed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm send their sympathies to the family and friends of the victims of this accident. They would also like to remind parents of teenagers to discuss safe driving habits. Developing a driving contract with your child that outlines driving behaviors to be followed behind the wheel at all times may also be beneficial.