Teenage drivers pose real risks to their passengers

As with any skill, it is unreasonable to think that someone just starting out is going to be able to perform as well as someone who is much more experienced. The same thing goes for driving. Teenagers in Albany who are just getting their license for the first time are much more likely to have problems controlling their vehicles than individuals with 10 or 20 years of experience behind the wheel.

Even so, if a teenager has a New York state driver's license, it is expected that he or she knows how to safely operate his or her vehicle. Sadly, with 15 teenagers dying in just three days and in only three accidents last week, it appears that teenage drivers don't always do what is expected of them. This also means that teenagers aren't always looking out for their passengers' safety.

In one of the accidents, an SUV with a seating capacity of five was packed with eight teenagers, including the driver. It is not entirely known why there were that many young people in the vehicle and it is possible that someone or something within the car distracted the driver, but the driver sent the vehicle off the road and into a pond. Six of the eight people in the vehicle were killed.

In two other accidents, four teenagers were killed when the vehicle they were in fell into a stream and five were killed when their vehicle hit a gas tanker.

The surviving family members in all of these accidents may be able to sue the estate of the teenage drivers who were behind the wheel when the accidents happened. Although there is still some uncertainty about what exactly caused the accidents, as more information is revealed about these tragic accidents, the parents of these teens may choose to seek compensation for their lost children.

Source: CNN, "Fatal wrecks underscore risks for young drivers," Tom Watkins, Mar. 13, 2013

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