Authorities believe that street racing may have been the cause of an accident that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old on Tuesday in Carrollton, Texas. Fellow racers remained on the scene to cooperate with the police.
Details of the Crash
Initially, reports did not list the specific age of the 19-year-old who died in the crash in Carrollton on Tuesday, instead stating that a teenager had died in a crash with a tree. It wasn’t until the following day that authorities reported that street racing had been to blame for the 19-year-old’s death.
The accident occurred near the intersection of Willowgate Lane and E. Trinity Road. Police report that they responded to the crash at around 7:46 p.m.
The now-deceased driver was reportedly racing against his friends in another vehicle when he lost control of his car. According to authorities, after the boy left the road at a high rate of speed, he collided with a tree on the side of Willowgate Lane. He reportedly died instantly due to the impact.
The other driver involved in the race, also 19-years-old, stayed on after the crash to assist police with their investigation. According to the officers, they expect the second driver to face charges.
When a street racing incident involves a serious injury or death, it qualifies as a second-degree felony. The punishment includes up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Teaching Your Teen Driver the Importance of Roadway Safety
Older teenagers see among the highest car accident fatality rates of any age group, with nearly 60 19-year-olds dying in Texas auto accidents last year alone. While you may not have much control over your 19-year-old’s choice to drive recklessly, you can remind them of the most serious dangers they face.
For parents of younger teen drivers, you can try to instill in them a respect for roadway safety that will stick with them throughout their lives.
One data point that can tell parents a lot about where to focus their energy is seat-belt usage: in 2020, more 19-year-olds car accident victims weren’t wearing their safety belts than any other age group. While 16-year-olds may be using their safety belts more than their older teenage peers, they’re still far more likely to be unrestrained in their accidents compared to all of those over the age of 23.
Next, parents should consider the relationship between underage drinking and teenage car accidents. Despite it being illegal for them to drink, those under the age of 21 still make up a greater proportion of drunk driver fatalities than age groups above the age of 41. In fact, they accounted for at least twice as many drunk driving deaths than any age group 46-50 and above.
While it’s impossible to think of every possible mistake your teen driver could make, by focusing on these major issues facing teenage drivers, parents may be able to help combat the most serious risks their teen drivers are likely to face.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas car or truck accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn if you may be owed compensation.