Do You Know a Teen Driver Injured in a Florida Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 23, 2011

Florida car accident attorneyMore than 5,600 fatal crashes involved a teen driver in 2009. To help with awareness and prevention efforts, the National Safety Council is looking for stories and reports of teen driver crashes that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

Specifically, the HEARTS Network, initiated in part by The Allstate Foundation and implemented by the National Safety Council, is building a community of individuals and families who want to share the stories behind the statistics and bring awareness to this national epidemic, according to a recent press release.

As we have highlighted on this blog, teen drivers are not the only ones hurt or killed in Florida car crashes involving teen drivers. In fatal crashes involving teen drivers ages 15 to 17, about two-thirds of the victims are not teen drivers, but rather the occupants of other vehicles, young passengers, and non-motorists such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

"Survivor stories will help prevent future crashes, sparing other families from going through the pain and grief of losing a loved one in a motor vehicle crash, the No. 1 cause of death for teens," said David Teater, senior director of Transportation Initiatives at NSC.

"Sharing these stories also can be of great benefit to people working through grief or recovering from a serious injury. Trying to make something positive come out of a tragedy can be very helpful to survivors."

As part of the HEARTS Network, also known as Honoring Everyone Affected, Rallying The Survivors, participants have the opportunity to speak with community groups, work on teen driving issues in their communities with other traffic safety and community leaders, and help get teen safe driving messages out to media.

In addition, participants also can choose to connect with other HEARTS members who have experienced similar tragedies to offer support through difficult times.

Participants in the HEARTS Network also may serve on traffic safety groups, such as the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions, funded by The Allstate Foundation and overseen by NSC in 10 states, including Florida.

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 Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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