Authorities report that four teenagers were injured in a car accident on Saturday. During the crash, one teen was thrown through the windshield of the vehicle.
Details Regarding the Accident
The four teens were injured after the Porsche they were in hit a curb and rolled over. The accident occurred near Cinco Ranch Boulevard on Commercial Center Boulevard sometime around 8 p.m. on Saturday. At the time of the crash, the vehicle was reportedly traveling at high speeds, according to deputies with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department.
Of the teens in the car, each was between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. Two injured teens required airlifts to hospitals while the other two were transported via ambulance. One teen was ejected from the vehicle, and another was pinned in the wreckage. The latter had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters.
Fort Bend Deputies believe that alcohol and the vehicle’s high speed may have played a role in the accident.
Teen Car Accident Facts and Statistics
The potential dangers of teen driving are well known to parents across the country, but those parents may not be aware of how big the problem is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents represent the second leading cause of death amongst teenagers in the U.S.
In 2018, more than 6 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 died every day due to car accidents in the U.S. alone, and hundreds more faced debilitating injuries. Beyond the emotional and physical cost of these accidents, teen car crash injuries and deaths accounted for nearly $12 billion in lost wages and medical bills.
It’s worth noting that this issue is particularly severe for teens. The CDC reports that teenagers between the age of 16 and 19 are roughly three times more likely to die in a car crash than individuals 20 years of age or older. This problem also disproportionately affects teenage boys who are nearly twice as likely to die in a car accident compared to their female counterparts.
The crash which occurred on Saturday falls into a number of risk groups which parents and teen drivers should be aware of:
- The likelihood of a crash involving a teen driver goes up with each additional teen passenger.
- While alcohol was believed to be involved in this crash, it hasn’t been determined at this time as the accident is still under investigation. However, alcohol is a factor in nearly a third of all crashes each year and puts all drivers on the road at great risk.
- In a similar way, speeding or excessive speed also plays a role in roughly one-third of all crashes in the U.S. each year.
One aspect of teenage car accidents that makes these events even more of a tragedy is that these crashes are often preventable. If you’re the parent of a teen driver or teen driver yourself, make sure to prioritize safe, focused driving. Take time to educate yourself or your loved ones about the risks of speeding or driving under the influence. Being aware and being careful could save you a lot of pain— or even your life.
If your teenager has been involved in a car accident, the Houston car accident lawyers of Lapeze & Johns can help them find financial relief.