Recent Teen Fatalities Reiterate Importance of Safe Driving Class to Reduce Risks of Fort Lauderdale Car Accidents

A collision involving a semi truck and a passenger vehicle left two Wellington teens dead and a third in the hospital, reports NBC 6.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teens were traveling on Southern Boulevard east of the Glades when they slammed into the back of the semi truck resulting in a fatal West Palm car accident.

Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers and parents to discuss driving safety often, especially during this time of year when there’s spring break, prom, graduations, and summer break quickly approaching.

“The events that caused the crash are still under investigation,” FHP says. They have determined though, that the crash happened at approximately 9:40 p.m. at the intersection of Southern Boulevard intersects with County Road 880. This area is commonly referred to as the 20-mile bend, according to The Palm Beach Post.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are more at risk than any other age group when it comes to car accidents. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.

There are a variety of factors that contribute to these teen driving statistics. In comparison to any other age group, teens are the most likely to drive while distracted or impaired and least likely to use seat belts. Distracted driving for teens can include cell phone use, music or even other passengers.

Because of these statistics, Florida school officials are hosting “scared straight” lectures to help students to understand the importance of safe driving. Tampa Bay Online (TBO) reports that our students are being trained through lectures, mock crashes and pledge agreements that spring is the most dangerous time of year for young drivers.

The mock crashes are elaborate events that include actors and bloody props, as well as towing companies and funeral homes. Some students are even able to visit the local hospital to see, first-hand, the emergency room and helicopters that could potentially serve them if they don’t practice safe driving habits.