It is far too often that fatal truck accidents occur on our Illinois roads and highways. However, it is especially heart-breaking to learn of these accidents taking the lives of young people, such as children and teens. Such accidents cut the lives of these people far too short and take away the potential and futures they had. These accidents are especially difficult for parents and family members because the deaths of very young people are more often than not very unexpected and sudden.
Unfortunately, a fatal truck accident took the life of a teen, according to recent news. In an article by the Pantagraph, a fifteen-year-old boy died after he was the passenger in a car that was hit by a pick-up truck. The boy was wearing a seat belt, but did not survive the accident that took place on U.S. 51 at McLean County Road. The driver, a sixteen-year-old female classmate, suffered serious personal injuries and remains hospitalized. The principal of their high school has brought in counselors to help grieving students with the loss of their classmate and friend. There was also a 6-month-old baby in the pickup truck who was thankfully not harmed. According to another article by Central Illinois Proud, the teens’ vehicle was headed westbound and was struck by the pickup truck headed southbound. The boy died of head injuries from the accident. The state police are still investigating this accident and are currently working to reconstruct it to research it further.
Teen drivers are among those most at risk for serious motor vehicle accidents. As drivers we already have a legal duty to be safe and not act in a negligent manner when behind the wheel, and we are responsible for the injuries we cause to others. However, it is especially important to avoid negligence and practice safety when knowing there are young and inexperienced drivers on the roads. Because we share the roads with people who have not had much experience behind the wheel, it is imperative that we drive safely and maintain vigilance for these young people so that they can stay safe. Without a lot of driving experience, they cannot watch out for hazards or employ the use of defensive driving to protect themselves in the same way that experienced adult drivers can.
According to a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. In the year 2010, every day an average of seven teenagers between the ages of 16 to 19 died from injuries sustained in crashes. An additionally 282,000 had to be treated for injuries. In fact, per miles driven, teens between 16 to 19 are three times more likely than drivers over the age of 20 to be in a fatal crash. Even though people through ages 15 – 24 compromise only 14% of the United States’ population, they account for 30% of total costs for motor vehicle injuries.
Our attorneys are passionate about keeping teens and all drivers on our roads safe. Through personal injury and motor vehicle accident lawsuits we aim to set a legal example and deter future roadway negligence and to bring justice to victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, you may be able to hold the negligent party accountable and obtain compensation through legal action. Contact our law firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your situation and potential case with you.