Head-On Car Accident in Boca Raton Kills Teen Driver

A young driver was killed in a recent car accident in Boca Raton. It happened on Mizner Way and Palmetto Park Road when the young driver reportedly lost control of her vehicle.

She was heading east on Palmetto Park Road when her vehicle veered over the median and directly into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The young driver was ejected from her vehicle when the two collided, according to the Sun Sentinel. She was transported via airlift to the Delray Medical Center. The driver of the other vehicle, 46-year-old from West Palm Beach, was transported to West Boca Medical Center. It appears that he’s going to be okay. Both roadways were shut down for a number of hours while officers cleared and investigated the accident.

Our Boca Raton accident lawyers understand the risks that our teenagers face in the driver’s seat. Year after year, auto accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for this young age group. The most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conclude that there were nearly 2,000 teen drivers killed in auto accidents in 2010. There were also another 187,000 teen drivers who were injured in these same incidents. These numbers illustrate a 5 percent decrease from the year before, but as the total vehicle miles traveled increases among drivers nationwide safe driving advocates expect these numbers to turn around.

These young drivers are out on summer break. With this increase in time spent behind the wheel, we can expect an increase in the number of teen accidents. Parents are asked to sit down and to talk with the young drivers in their family about these risks. These young drivers should especially be warned about the risks they face during the weekends and during the evening. Accidents are typically more likely during these times. Make sure that you set a driving curfew with your teen and make sure that they abide by it!

In 2010, there were more than 1,315,000 police-reported accidents among teen drivers. Although these drivers make up a small percentage of the licensed drivers in the U.S., they still accounted for about 10 percent of all of the drivers that were involved in fatal accidents during the year.

What you might find most surprising about these accidents is that about 30 percent of these drivers were killed in accidents in which the driver was under the influence of alcohol. In about 25 percent of these accidents, the driver was legally drunk, or had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading of .08 or higher.

Make sure that your teen knows the following rules:

-Never drink and drive.

-Obey all roadway laws and posted street signs.

-Keep the teen passengers to a minimum.

-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat.

-Keep an eye on the condition of the vehicle.

-Keep communication with parents.