Car Accident

Five teenagers were killed in an accident in Fort Myers, a sad reminder that teens are more likely to suffer serious injuries or die in traffic accidents.

We have fought for victims and their families in Southwest Florida who are dealing with serious injuries or fatalities. These accidents rank among the most tragic we’ve seen.

WGCU reported that the teens are believed to have died after running off of the road along TopGolf Way. Four of the teens worked at a restaurant in the area. FOX4 News reported that the five teenagers drowned when they ran off the road into the lake at a high speed. We send our deepest condolences to the families and close friends of the five teens who died in the crash. All of them attended local high schools or had just graduated.

Safe Teen Driving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about 3000 teenagers die each year. That’s more than 8 teens every day. A further 225,000 people were injured seriously. The teens aged 16-19 are three times as likely to be in a serious accident than the drivers between 20-24, which is the second most at-risk group. There are several known risk factors, and there are also preventive measures that can reduce these risks.

Teenage crashes are prone to teen-related risks.

  • Young Drivers: Young, inexperienced drivers have a lower ability to recognize dangers and are more likely to adopt dangerous driving habits. You can start by closely monitoring the behavior of your driver. Parents can review safety data, such as speed and location, using apps on their smartphones.
  • Unsafe Driving: Teenagers are more likely than adults to be involved in accidents when they speed, fail to obey traffic signs, or engage in other unsafe driving behaviors.
  • Seat Belts: Statistics show that young people are the least likely to use a seatbelt.
  • Night Driving: All drivers are more at risk when driving at night. Teenagers are particularly at risk. Florida’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program limits night driving by new drivers because of known risks.
  • Teen Passengers: The risk of an accident for a teen driver increases exponentially with each teen passenger. The risks of distracted driving or other unsafe behavior are well-known. You can reduce the risk by limiting the permission of your teen to travel with other young passengers and to ride in the car with younger drivers.

Our car crash attorneys. We urge parents to speak to their teenagers and to consider creating a contract for safe driving that they can use with young drivers like the one offered by. Together, we can make a real difference in preventing future accidents.

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