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Teen Killed in San Jose Intersection Crash

Teen Killed in San Jose Intersection Crash

Nearly 300 people attended a vigil to celebrate the life of an 18-year-old Santa Clara High School graduate who was killed in a San Jose car accident. According to a Mercury Newsreport, the fatal crash occurred at Tasman Drive and North First Street in San Jose. Officials say the young victim was a passenger in a Cadillac Deville that may have gone through a red light before colliding with a Honda CR-V. NBC reports that the victim was killed in the crash and the 17-year-old boy behind the wheel of the Cadillac sustained critical injuries.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers across the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that teenage drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are involved in the highest number of crashes and the most traffic violation rates of any age group.

According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2008, there were 593 people killed in California car accidents involving young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. In those accidents, 217 young drivers were killed and 161 fatally injured victims were passengers of young drivers.

There are a number of reasons why teen driving is so dangerous. Many inexperienced drivers simply have not honed their ability to detect and avoid hazards. Teenagers are also prone to taking risks. It is common for teen drivers to speed, roll through stop signs, tailgate, and make illegal turns. Many young drivers also fail to wear seat belts and regularly put themselves in danger by texting while driving.

If you have a young driver in your household, make sure you lead by example. Never text while driving, always wear a seatbelt, and frequently remind your child about safe driving habits. It may feel redundant to repeat the same driving tips over and over, but repetition is a useful tool. It will take time for your child to remember safe driving habits, but over time he or she will remember your lessons and take them to heart. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please contact an experienced San Jose personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.