Recent Lee County Car Accident Highlight Risks of Teen Summer Driving

by Carmen Dellutri on July 27, 2012

Florida car accident lawyerTwo Florida teens were seriously injured after they lost control of the Jetta they were driving on I-75 earlier this month. The Lee County car accident highlights the risks of increased teen driving during the summer months.

According to Wink News, Julio Torres III, 18 and passenger Joneydy Jaime, 19, both of Tampa, were traveling south on  I-75 when for an unknown reason, Torres over-corrected to the right and lost control.

The car went off the highway, hit a tree and was launched into the air.  Jaime was ejected and Torres was partly pinned under the vehicle.

Unfortunately, accidents like these are all too common among teen drivers, particularly in the summer months. As we have mentioned on this blog, the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for drivers age 15-20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

With this in mind, it is important that parents discuss safe driving with their teen drivers this summer. Below are a few important issues to highlight:

Seatbelts. Always remind your teenager how important it is to buckle up. Statistics show that seat belt usage is lowest among teenagers, even though seat belts continue to be proven as the most effective life-saving device in accidents.

Drunk driving. While you have likely talked to your teen about the dangers of drunk driving, the message is worth repeating. Make sure your teen knows the dangers of driving under the influence – or getting into a vehicle with someone who's been drinking.

Distractions. Make sure your teen understands how important it is to avoid distractions such as texting, loud music, and any other activities that take their eyes away from the road for extended periods of time.

Passenger limits. It is also important to set guidelines for your teen regarding how many passengers are allowed in the vehicle. That number should never exceed the number of seatbelts available.

Curfew. Teens should know when you expect them home, and that violating curfew will have consequences. Of course, teens should allow enough time to avoid speeding.

Source: Drivingskillsforlife.com

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

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