Tragedy was reported recently by Fort Myers Police, who were the scene of a horrific accident on Treeline Avenue near the intersection of Amberwood. It was there that three teenagers, two 18 and one 19, were killed.
Authorities are still piecing together the details of what happened, but say the roads were slick with rain, and for reasons that are unclear, the vehicle barreled off the road and into a utility pole. At that point, it burst into flames. Witnesses say they hurried to try to help, but it was too late.
Our Fort Myers car accident attorneys have consoled many grief-stricken families throughout the years, and there is perhaps nothing more devastating than the loss of a child.
Here, as the parents struggled to make sense, friends of the three sat in memorial at the site of the crash, reflecting on lives lost.
There has been no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, though toxicology reports are pending.
The crash occurred within a window of time known well to traffic safety advocates as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” Approximately 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Of those, more than half are teens. That’s according to the National Safety Council, which gleaned the information from decades’ worth of reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The logic is fairly straightforward. During the summer, teens tend to be on the road more often, and usually, the purpose is less structured, and more recreational. So rather than commuting to school or sports practice, they are going to the beach or to a friend’s home, often on roads with which they may be unfamiliar.
But perhaps the biggest reason for the spike, according to the NSC, is that teens tend to ride around with their friends with greater frequency in the summer.
It’s long been recognized that teen passengers in a vehicle with a teen driver greatly increase the risk. The NSC’s vice president said there is some research suggesting that it is even more dangerous than texting.
In fact, passengers may up the risk of a fatal crash involving a teen driver by nearly 45 percent.
Further bolstering this assertion are study results from research conducted by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. The agency followed 50-plus drivers who agreed to have their driving habits filmed.
What the study authors found was that when there was a loud conversation occurring in the car, young drivers were six times more likely to need to act quickly to avoid a crash. When there was horseplay, they were three times as likely to have near-misses.
It’s for this reason that a number of states have laws on the books that either bar or restrict passengers for novice drivers. Unfortunately, Florida isn’t one of them. That means it’s up to parents to drive home the danger to teens.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm at 888-751-7770 for a free and confidential consultation.
Parents, beware: These are the 100 deadliest days for teens, May 23, 2014, By Kelly Wallace, CNN
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