I have been discussing my concern over the high rate of accidents involving teenagers on my Fayette County personal injury lawyer blog. So, it was with sadness that I read this news report about a teenager in Fayette County who was killed in a car accident on her way to school.
The accident occurred this past Monday when three teenagers were on their way to Sandy Creek High School. According to reports, the teen driver lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. Sixteen-year-old Angel Anthony, who was sitting in the back seat, was seriously injured and later died in the hospital. The 16 year old driver and another teenager in the front seat were not injured. The driver is now facing multiple charges. She had just received her driver's license in September and was not supposed to drive with teenage passengers.
Many lives and families have been impacted and it's hard not to feel extremely saddened at the sheer tragedy of it all. What really struck me were the reports that Angel Anthony, the back seat passenger, was not buckled up at the time of the crash. The driver and the front seat passenger were apparently wearing their seat belts and were not seriously injured.
Another alarming fact is that teen motorists have a much higher rate of accidents when they are driving with other teenagers. The risk of a crash increases with the number of teens in the car. Further increasing the risk of injuries and fatalities, is the fact that teens also have a poor rate of seat belt usage.
I know law enforcement agencies are strapped for resources, and may not be able to focus as hard on this section of the population as needed. However, as a Fayette County personal injury lawyer, I believe that an investment in teen driver safety is an investment in the safety of our youth. Good driving habits begin early in life. Teen driver education programs in Georgia must focus harder on the importance of wearing seat belts, slowing down speeds, and following all traffic rules strictly.