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Car crash leaves one teen critical, kills 3 others

Many parents and teens in Atlanta are not aware of how dangerous the roads are for novice drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of teens who were injured in car accidents and treated in emergency rooms across the country in 2014 was 221,313. Motor vehicle collisions are the biggest cause of death for this age group. 

Motor vehicle wrecks are common amongst individuals from all age groups. But young and newly licensed motorists are the most hazardous and have more motor vehicle collisions than other age groups. 

Fatal teen driving accident 

Four teens were recently involved in a crash that severely injured one vehicle occupant and claimed the lives of two passengers and the driver. Preliminary reports indicate that excessive speed may be a contributing factor. The vehicle containing the teens crashed into a tree after becoming airborne from hitting a guardrail. 

The deceased teen driver lost control of his vehicle after swerving to avoid a slower moving vehicle that was in front of them in the left lane. The surviving student is 17 years old. He is currently a patient at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville and listed in critical condition. The other students were ages 16 to 18 years old. 

Teens lack driving experience 

It takes a wealth of driving experience and considerable skill for motorists to fully understand their responsibilities when they are in the driver’s seat. Young drivers who are between the ages of 16 to 19 years old are not particularly comfortable or skilled enough to handle the various situations and conditions they may encounter when driving. As a result, they have slower reaction times and are less able to resist driving distractions that increase their risk of crashing. 

Nothing can prevent the shortcomings that many young and inexperienced drivers have, except practical experience. Teens should use driver’s training education information and parental instruction to improve their driving skills. They should also avoid distractions and stay attentive to the roads and their surroundings.

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post,” Three Meadowcreek students killed in crash leaving football game, one remains critical,” Staff Reports, Oct. 31, 2017

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