Unfortunately, young drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of vehicle accidents each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, as seven teens ages 16 to 19 die in the U.S. every day in crashes.
The CDC reported that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than drivers who are older than 20. Additionally, the agency reported that 29 percent of the total costs for motor vehicle injury claims involve young people between the ages of 15-24.
Often, these accidents are the result of distracted driving, drunk driving or reckless driving. However, they can also occur because of the carelessness of other drivers.
Sadly, a Mainland Regional High School freshman from Linwood was critically injured in a three-vehicle crash on Route 40 in Hamilton Township on August 30. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the teen, identified as Aisling Cooke, needed to be airlifted to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus following the crash.
The crash reportedly occurred when Nicholas Gareffi, 39, of Vineland, crossed a centerline and went into oncoming traffic. Gareffi’s SUV reportedly struck a small truck in the opposite lane of traffic, and then hit a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Madelyn Williscroft, 18, which spun several times and came to rest by a neighborhood residence. Cooke was allegedly an occupant in Williscroft’s vehicle.
Can I File a Lawsuit If My Loved One Is Injured in a Vehicle Accident?
If you have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and/or broken bones due to the irresponsibility of another driver, contact us today. These catastrophic injuries often result in expensive rehabilitation and therapy needs for victims, which they many times cannot afford.
Additionally, through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to seek compensation for pain and suffering, as well as lost income. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
Call us today. Our attorneys can review your case and explain your legal rights and options.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys
Targan Talk: In 2010, almost 2,700 teens ages 16-19 were killed in vehicle accidents in the U.S.