It is common for teenage drivers to become distracted. To help prevent dangerous situations that could arise from such distractions, New Jersey’s young drivers law prevents young drivers from having more than one passenger in their car. The way this law is enforced has come into focus following a tragic New Jersey car accident involving several teenagers.
Four teenagers were killed in a New Jersey traffic accident involving a driver on a restricted license. According to The Associated Press, the fatal crash occurred when a 17-year-old driver of an SUV was unable to slow down for stopped vehicles. The driver and three out of seven passengers were killed in the crash. Under the young drivers law, the motorist should have only had one passenger in the vehicle. We are left to speculate if this crash would have occurred had the driver not had the distraction of seven teenage passengers in the vehicle.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group.” Approximately eight teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed every day in a car crash. About 3,000 teens were killed in United States car accidents and more than 350,000 were treated for car accident related injuries in the year 2009.
The experienced Princeton distracted driver accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help young victims and their families pursue financial compensation for the losses they have suffered in New Jersey car accidents. To discuss your legal rights and options at no cost, call our offices at 609-240-0040 right away.