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Teen Killed, 2 Others Injured in Car Crash

Posted on May 28, 2018

Teen drivers often think they are invincible, but the truth is that they are often involved in serious crashes—sometimes even fatal car accidents. Sadly, a recent crash in Maryland involving three teens led to one fatality.

Two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old were involved in a crash on the morning of April 9 in Bowie, Maryland. The three suffered life-threatening injuries when a 17-year-old female lost control of the vehicle she was driving. She was driving along Mitchellville Road at Excalibur Road when she swiped an SUV. Her vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree.

Two male passengers, ages 17 and 18, were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. Two victims were trapped inside the vehicle. The 18-year-old passenger died from his injuries. The other two were critically injured. The 17-year-old boy is still in the hospital. The female driver has been treated and released.

Teen Driver Accident Statistics

The leading cause of death for teenagers is car accidents. Car crashes are a major problem. In the United States in 2015, 235,845 teens ages 16-19 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in car accidents. Another 2,333 teens died in car accidents.

Newly licensed teens face a high risk of death from a car accident. In fact, those between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to die in a car crash than drivers age 20 and older. Males are also at risk, with teen male drivers twice as likely as females to die in a car accident. Those who drive with teens as passengers are also more likely to be involved in a crash.

Making the situation worse is that teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use. In 2015, only 61 percent of teens used seatbelts on a regular basis. Teen drivers are also more likely to speed, and speed is one of the most common causes of accidents.

Contact an Oxon Hill Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Unfortunately, car accidents can affect people of all ages, with young, experienced drivers at high risk. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, seek legal help.

If another party is liable for your injuries, make sure you obtain compensation for the damages you suffered. The Law Office of William C. McCaskill, PLLC can help. We can assess your case and discuss your legal options. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call our office today at (240) 766-8085.

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