One Dead, Two Injured in Missouri Car Accident involving Teenagers

One Dead, Two Injured in Missouri Car Accident involving Teenagers

One teenager is dead and two others injured after a Missouri car accident in Franklin County, ABC3 News reported.

St. Louis personal injury lawyers understand all too well the dangers faced by teenagers behind the wheel. And, as this case illustrates, their passengers and other motorists on the road are too often seriously injured or killed in traffic accidents involving young drivers.

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Authorities report the 16-year-old lost control of his SUV and hit a utility pole on Yellow Banks Road south of Mulkeytown. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two other passengers, ages 17 and 13, were transported to St. Louis for treatment of their injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationreports 195 motorists were killed in Missouri car accidents involving teenagers in 2008. Of those, 62 were passengers in a teen’s car and 45 were either occupants of other vehicles or were non-occupants, such as a bicyclist or pedestrian.

Health News Digest reports a new study by State Farm Insurance and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found nearly one-third of those killed in teen car accidents were not even in the car driven by a teenager.

In all, about 681,000 motorists will be in a crash with a teen driver this year and an estimated 40,000 will be seriously injured. Key behaviors leading to serious or fatal injuries among teens include failure to wear seat belts, speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving.

“Reducing speeding and alcohol use, increasing seat belt use, and eliminating distractions for teen drivers are the four calls-to-action we see in this report that would have great impact on reducing injuries and fatalities for all road users,” says Dr. Dennis Durbin, who is also an emergency physician and one of the study’s authors. “More than half of teens who were fatally injured in crashes were speeding, 40 percent had a positive blood alcohol level, more than half were not wearing seat belts, and 16 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.”

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers and claim more lives than cancer, homicide and suicide combined.

If you have been injured in a Missouri car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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