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Tragic New York Accident Shines Light on Teen Drivers

Published October 12, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

A “horrific” accident Monday left four teenagers dead and one seriously injured. The lone survivor of the crash, the 17-year-old driver, was behind the wheel around 3:30 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve on the Southern State Parkway in Malverne, New York. The vehicle hit a tree killing all four passengers instantly. The extent of the driver’s injuries are unknown.

This accident raises awareness of the risks many teen drivers take, and shines a light on New York’s graduated driver’s licensing program. According to news reports, the driver of the car was driving with just a learner’s permit, and should not have been allowed to drive under any of the conditions.

This accident could have been avoided if the GDL laws of New York were followed. New York drivers with learner’s permits are prohibited from driving unless accompanied by a supervising driver, age 21 or older with a valid license. In addition, the New York GDL program limits the number of passengers in a teen’s vehicle. The program prohibits more than one passenger younger than age 21 unless a parent or guardian is in the vehicle. The program further prohibits unsupervised nighttime driving between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. All of the passengers in the car at the time of the accident were just 18-years-old.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a mission to keep Americans safe on our highways, and does that through safety campaigns aimed at raising awareness of highway dangers. Next week, Oct. 14-20, the NHTSA has designated the week National Teen Driver Safety Week.

According to the NHTSA, drivers ages 15- to 20-years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on U.S. roadways. In fact, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

In an effort to change these statistics, the NHTSA is conducting a multi-tiered strategy to prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers. The week’s campaign is focusing on: increasing seat belt use, implementing graduated driver licensing, reducing teens’ access to alcohol, and parental responsibility.

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys encourage parents to take an active role in keeping their teens safe on New York highways. Serving as a mentor and enforcing NY driving laws can help keep your teens safer when driving. We agree with the NHTSA: “It’s not just good parenting, it’s a matter of life and death.” Please talk to your children about safe driving behaviors.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a New York accident due to a drugged driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 304-4121 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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