Young Drivers Cause Majority of Road Accidents
Posted on: April 6, 2013
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According to a recent report from the National Transport Highway Safety Authority (NTHSA) road accidents are mostly caused by young people, specifically teenagers. And unfortunately, a very high number of young people die or are gravely injured in road accidents as well.
One of the reasons why younger drivers experience these accidents is because they lack experience in driving. They are also more likely to be distracted while driving and to do things that may be dangerous due to peer pressure. Teen drivers may even be drinking or taking drugs while driving. Apparently, these traffic accidents occur because of negligence.
A hit and run accident involving a 19 year old driver who was allegedly drunk at the time happened in Queens, New York. This teenager drove a Honda Sedan that slammed into the rear of a cab along Grand Central Parkway. The driver left the scene of the accident immediately, but he left his bumper at the site. The police were able to identify and find the driver and arrest him.
Due to the fact that this young man’s car hit the taxicab from the back, the cab was dragged into the Parkway median. Consequently, the driver of this yellow cab died from the injuries he sustained from this accident. Multiple cases were charged against the teen driver:
- Leaving the scene of the accident
- Criminally negligent homicide
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
It is an unfortunate fact that most victims of hit and run accidents and their loved ones are unable to determine the person liable for the accident. This is particularly the case for accidents that happen at night. A hit and run driver can easily get away because there are not many witnesses during this time.
In New York, it is illegal to abandon the site where an accident has happened, even if you are not the person responsible for it. The law further states that a driver who has hit a vehicle is required to leave his name, residential address, and contact number even if there is no one around, and also report this incident to the police and the insurance company.