At about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, two female passengers were killed in a car crash involving an unlicensed teen driver in Ontario, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling at a high rate of speed near South Grove Avenue and East Airport Drive, the 16-year-old male driver lost control, causing the car to jump the center median, slam into a wall, and flip before crashing into a traffic pole. Emergency responders transported the driver and a male passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for non-life-threatening trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.
Car Crash—The Leading Cause of Teen Driver & Passenger Death
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the Unites States, claiming the lives of seven teens aged 16 to 19 every day in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year, car crashes killed 2,700 teens and injured another 282,000. In Ontario, 15 of the 808 crashes that resulted in injury or death involved drivers under the age of 21. Compared to 54 other cities with similarly sized populations, Ontario ranked the 9th worst.
Factors Contributing to Teen Driver Car Crashes
Inexperience and a propensity toward risk-taking make teen drivers more likely to fail to notice or to underestimate dangerous situations.
Speeding and driving under the influence are major problems for teenage drivers, especially males: in 2010, 39 percent of the male drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in deadly accidents were speeding at the time and 25 percent had been drinking.
Teenage drivers have the lowest rate of seat belt use compared to motorists in other age groups, with only 54 percent of high school students reporting that they wore seat belts while riding with other passengers in 2011.
The risk of a crash increases with the number of teen passengers in the vehicle.
For more information on teen drivers and the rights of the victims of fatal crashes and their families, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two female passengers who were killed in this car crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.