Yesterday, BND reported on a Belleville, Illinois car accident in which an SUV operated by a teenager collided head-on with a van operated by a woman with children in the back. The accident also involved three other cars. The operator of the minivan was airlifted to a hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries. The five children in her car were taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The driver of the SUV was a 17-year-old teenager who swerved into the opposite lane for an unknown reason. He also hit another driver who was trying to turn left. After initially hitting the minivan and the driver who was turning left, the cars caused a chain reaction that included two more vehicles that were behind the minivan. The citation for the teenager was improper lane usage, and when taking to police, he recounts, “I don’t remember what happened; I just hit the car.”
New drivers on the road, teenagers specifically, pose a lot of risk to not only themselves but also towards other drivers. Teenage drivers are not only inexperienced compared to veteran drivers, but are also more prone to distractions such as their telephones, texting, social media, friends and music while driving. While it is not confirmed why the teenage driver swerved into the opposite lane, it is not improbable that there were distractions involved.
We encourage teenagers to be involved with programs such as Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to learn about safe driving practices. Parents should also talk to their teens about safe driving. Many parents take steps to limit the number of passengers their teen drivers can have, but it is difficult for parents to monitor other distractions. As we mentioned in a recent blog post, we also hope car companies and cell phone companies will continue to create new technology that limits the use of certain features whilst driving.
At one time or another, we all will have a teen driver in the family. It is important for teens to learn smart driving practices early, so they develop the skills needed to drive safely throughout their lifetime. Just like all other motorists, teen drivers have a responsibility to obey all traffic laws, signs and should be prepared to react to unusual conditions. When they fail to do so and cause personal injuries to someone else, it is important that they are held responsible. Our Illinois car accident attorneys have successfully handled many cases involving negligent driving, and if you have been a victim or lost a loved one due to another driver’s mistake, we may be able to help you receive fair compensation.