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Fatal Teen Car Accident is Reminder to Continually Educate Young Drivers

Published May 12, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

One teenager was killed and four others were injured yesterday when the car they were traveling in crashed Wednesday night around 8:00 pm in Rush, NY, about 20 miles south of Rochester.

The five teens, all from nearby Avon, were traveling together south on East River Road when the 18-year-old female driver crossed into the northbound lane and then back over to the southbound lane. The car then left the roadway, crashed into a tree and became engulfed in flames after the gas tank apparently exploded.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that car accidents account for 35% of teen deaths with approximately 5,000 teenagers killed every year.

Young drivers, ages 15- to 20-years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways. Our accident attorneys encourage all adults throughout New York, especially in Binghamton, to educate our teens on safe driving.

Police reported that the three, backseat passengers were ejected. Police Lt. Greg Schroth said a neighbor cut a female front-seat passenger out of the car. “The car was on fire and he cut her out, dragged her out,” Schroth said. “The car was completely engulfed when I got here. He saved her.”

All of the teens were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where one of the teens died this morning. A second male passenger was seriously injured and is in guarded condition. The others are in stable condition with various injuries.

The cause of the car accident was unknown, but police said that alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

The heart of the NHTSA’S mission is keeping families safe on America’s roadways, noting that mile for mile teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. The NHTSA continues to bring attention to the factors that contribute to teen driving accidents. Inexperience and immaturity combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving (cell phone use, loud music, other teen passengers), drowsy driving, nighttime driving, and drug use all aggravate this problem.

The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage continued support of the NHTSA’s efforts to focus on teen driving safety. Parents and other adults should take the time to educate teens in responsible driving behaviors to keep our roads safer. Teen and adult drivers should remain alert and aware at all times to prevent driving accidents and fatalities.

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