A few days back a teenager was killed in a car crash in Murrieta. According to the investigators, the vehicle driven by the teenager was travelling northbound on Whitewood Road.
It must have lost control and left the roadway, slamming into a brick wall and a tree. Due to the impact of the crash, the 17-year-old driver was trapped in the vehicle and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The police are investigating the cause of the car crash and the unfortunate death of the young boy. This incident has brought to notice the growing cases of teenage driving and car accidents in Murrieta and all across the country.
Cars are very useful and an irreplaceable part of our lives.
They have made our lives better in many ways, however, if they are not used carefully these wonderful machines can destroy lives forever.
Statistics show that the highest rate of automobile-related deaths in the country is seen in the age groups of 15 to 25.
With the growing number of cars on the road and various reasons to distract the driver, teenage drivers are at high risk of getting involved in car accidents that could catastrophically end or change their lives or the lives of others forever.
Parents and teenagers should be aware of the issues associated with reckless driving and what steps they need to take to avoid any casualty or catastrophic event.
Steps to avoid any casualty or catastrophic event
- Commitment to safety
Teenagers need to commit to being responsible drivers and be safe. All new drivers should undertake a driver’s training or education course.
The drivers and passengers of the cars should use all the automobile safety features including wearing seat belts and shoulder straps all the time.
It is advisable to only drive cars that have airbags, padded dashes, safety glass, collapsible steering columns, and anti-lock brakes.
Many car accidents lead to the death of infants or children, it is important that the children are seated and buckled in a safety seat of the right size.
The seat should be installed correctly in the car.
- Focused Driving
Distractions while driving can be dangerous. Just a few seconds of distraction can change your life forever.
Teenagers are continuously on their phones and gadgets, they text, talk, email on their phones while driving.
This can be very dangerous. Mobile phones should be turned off while driving to avoid any temptation to make calls or send/read texts.
In case of an emergency or urgency to call or text, pull the car off the road before calling or texting.
Other tips to avoid distracted driving are:
- Do not put on makeup or get ready while driving, even if you are not driving and are waiting at a signal or stop sign.
- Do not eat while driving. Finish your meal before you start driving.
- It is safe for teens to either drive alone or when with their families. While driving with friends’ teenagers could be distracted or may behave recklessly and drive rashly. For the initial 6 months, it is advisable for teenagers to drive under adult supervision who can help them learn good driving habits.
- New drivers should not take along friends as passengers’ at least for the first 3 to 6 months.
- Important Safety Tips for teenagers
Reckless driving is dangerous, drive safe. It is better to be late than drive fast.
Do not drive at night. As it takes time for driving skills and reflexes to develop, take it slow and avoid driving in the darkness.
Do not drive if you are drowsy or sleepy. Stop driving immediately, ask someone else to take over the wheel, or wait till you are fully alert to resume driving. Sleepiness is known to cause more accidents than alcohol or intoxication.
Do not drink and drive. Drinking is known to slow down your reflexes and it affects your decision-making. You may not be in your right senses to drive after drinking alcohol.
Drugs or substance abuse are as dangerous as alcohol. Do not drive after consuming drugs or any prescribed medicine that makes you sleepy.
How a Murrieta car accident lawyer can help?
Specialized car accident lawyers in Murrieta are well versed in the legalities involved in a car crash case. If you have been involved in a car accident whether as a driver or as a victim you must consult an experienced Personal Injury lawyer in Murrieta immediately.
Car accidents can happen in several ways. It might be a result of negligence or inexperience of the driver. It can be due to a traffic violation or road hazard.
Irrespective of the reason behind the accident, the pain, and suffering involved in a car accident is unbearable and it is important to have someone represent you and speak on your behalf to make your case.
Many things can happen in a car accident. There can be damage to the car, to an individual, or some property.
It is advisable that victims of car accidents caused due to negligence should take immediate action. This is where experienced car accident lawyers in Murrieta can help.
Whether it was a case of negligence or drunk driving or it was a case of defective equipment etc. Our team of lawyers will explain to you your rights and help you file a claim for the damages and losses suffered.
We will ensure that everything is in order and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.