On Saturday, a 16-year-old passenger was killed during a crash in Iron County, Missouri. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pick-up truck, driven by another 16-year-old, ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then overturned. The passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the truck.
This accident serves as a tragic reminder of the frightening statistics for teen drivers:
Education and awareness can help teen drivers establish lifelong habits that will help keep them safe for years to come.
Lesson #1 – Seat Belts Save Lives
For adults and older children (who are big enough for seat belts to fit properly), seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip.
Lesson #2 – Main Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Oftentimes all three of these factors play a role in a single crash. Whatever the reason for a crash, adult drivers are urged to take note of these risk factors, make the necessary adjustments to their driving habits, and lead by example.
Casey & Devoti is a St. Louis-based personal injury law firm. Partners Matt Casey and Matt Devoti are authorized speakers for the ‘End Distracted Driving’ Student Awareness Program. Togther they have nearly 40 years of trial experience. They handle a variety of personal injury matters, including: car, truck and train accidents, victims of impaired and distracted driving, medical malpractice and birth injuries, product liability, slips/trips/falls, elder care and sexual abuse, Workers’ Compensation, and wrongful death. Matt and Matt proudly serve clients throughout metropolitan St. Louis, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois. If you or a loved one have been injured by the negligence of another, call the office today for a free, no-obligation consultation: (314) 421-0763.