In a recent Valley Village car-pedestrian accident, two teenage walkers were sent to the hospital. According to CBS Los Angeles, the accident happened just before 8:00 p.m. on Magnolia Boulevard.
The identity of the driver has not been released.
Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers understand that teens are getting out of school and they're out enjoying their summer break. Unfortunately, they're also facing some serious risks for accidents during this time. They're facing serious increases for pedestrian accidents, bicycling accidents and car accidents. It's important that parents and guardians sit and talk with young travelers about the importance of safe habits.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teens in California and teens have the highest crash risk of all drivers. There are nearly twice as many car accident fatalities during the summer months as during the rest of the year combined. During this time, teenagers have been responsible for almost 50 percent more drunk driving accidents.
It's no secret -- these young drivers have one thing, and one thing only, on their mind. FUN! We're not saying that's a bad thing. We're just saying that it needs to be supplemented by safe traveling habits. Consider this:
-Teen drivers are found at fault in more than 65 percent of all fatal accident that they're involved in, although they only represent less than 5 percent of the state's licensed drivers.
-And average of 100 drivers ages 16 and 17 are killed in each of July and August. That's a 20 percent increase over the monthly average of these fatalities.
-According to the NHTSA and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the 100 days between Labor Day and Memorial Day are the deadliest days on our roadways for our teenagers.
-In the summer of 2008, there were roughly 9 teenagers who were killed each day.
-Driver inexperience is one of the leading causes of traffic collisions involving teenagers. These drivers don't oftentimes understand the real dangers that accompany a driver's license and many even think they're invincible -- thinking they're skilled enough to talk and text behind the wheel.
So you've heard these horrifying statistics. Now it's time to help reverse them. You should make sure that you're riding along with your teen as much as possible. You want a first-hand look at their driving skills to make sure safety is their top concern. Supervised driving time is one of the most effective ways to help ensure they'll stay safe out there.
If they're not behind the wheel and they're riding or walking around town over the summer, make sure that they understand traffic, their rights as a traveler and their responsibilities. Helping them along with these simple (yet easily forgotten) concepts can help to keep them alive through the summer.
Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.
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