When Teenage Drivers Hit Pedestrians
Statistically, young drivers are at higher risk to get into an accident. Even a cursory look at very recent reports of motor vehicle accidents shows that a
number of these accidents involved teen drivers. Many of these cases involve pedestrian victims. Below we summarize recent reports of three such
cases. Three of the four cases involve a fatality. The fourth case involves serious injuries. Summary 1: This motor vehicle accident involved a 16
year-old driver who was driving under a junior license. The accident occurred at approximately 9:20 on a Tuesday evening. The junior license
prohibited driving past 9 pm. The driver lost control of his car, hit another car, and then slammed into a 65 year-old male pedestrian who was waiting
at a bus stop. The victim died from his injuries a short time after being hit. The driver survived the accident with only minor injuries. He was, however,
arrested and charged with speeding, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide. Summary 2: This motor vehicle accident involved an 18
year-old driver who was driving while intoxicated. The accident took place on a Sunday morning at approximately 2:30. The greatest percentage of
drunk driving accidents occur on weekend nights. The driver struck a male pedestrian, 44 years of age, who was crossing a road. The impact caused
the pedestrian to suffer severe head injuries. The driver was arrested. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence.
Summary 3: This motor vehicle accident involved an 18 year-old male driving in a residential neighborhood at approximately 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday
morning. The accident occurred when the teenaged driver lost control of his car. The car spun violently before it flipped over, struck the victim and
slammed against a large tree in front of the house. The victim had just gotten out of his car to pick up a pamphlet from the front yard on a home with a
For Sale sign when he was struck by an out of control car.