Many in California may find the excitement that teen drivers have in taking to the state’s roads for h first time infectious. Still, that enthusiasm is often tempered by the realization that a teen’s inexperience behind the wheel may make them a greater danger to others.
Most understand the need, then, for teen drivers to gain experience, but at what cost? All too often, that cost may prove catastrophic to other motorists or even a teen driver’s close friends and family.
Single-car accident in Gorman injures six teens
This sad fact was on full display in a recent accident that occurred in Gorman. According to reports from the local ABC News affiliate, a car carrying six teenage passengers (ranging in age from 14-19) overturned in the early morning hours after the driver made an abrupt turn. The driver and four of the vehicle’s occupants sustained injuries that required treatment at local hospitals. Tragically, the sixth occupant (a 16-year-old girl from Oakdale), died in the collision. Authorities continue to look into the crash, yet they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.
Accountability for immature mistakes
Many may point to the aforementioned factors in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, yet the truth is that statistics show teens are more likely to engage in several potentially dangerous activities while behind the wheel. These include speeding or (as was the case in this incident) driving at odd hours.
Few may want to seemingly punish a young driver in the wake of a case similar to the one described here, yet oftentimes accident victims have little choice. The expenses they face may require compensation above that made available through insurance. Such action may also serve as a deterrent from other young drivers engaging in similar behavior.