Teens at high risk of North Carolina car accident as we heading into Autumn

The case of 16-year-old Ashely Johnson is making news as far away as California after she was killed in a North Carolina car accident shortly after retrieving a text message.

Heather Hurd, 26, was killed after a tractor trailer slammed into nine cars stopped at an intersection in Florida. The truck was doing 65 mph and the trucker was allegedly text messaging at the time.
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Our North Carolina injury lawyers continue to report on the risks faced by teenagers behind the wheel. The news is heavy right now because of the government’s second-annual Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., where the federal government’s transportation chief — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood — has called distracted driving an epidemic.

Kids are among those most at risk for most poor driving habits and distracted driving is no exception. As we reported on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, teens are largely aware of the dangers, they just ignore the risks associated with texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Nationwide, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers ages 15 to 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Teenagers are also at increased risk for drunk driving, not wearing safety belts and speeding.

As the seasons change, and our teenagers head back to school, many will be earning the right to drive. We encourage parents to set and adhere to strict guidelines, including curfews and limiting the number of friends who may ride in the car with a teenager at any given time.

Please sit down and have a detailed conversation with your teenager about the expectations. And frequently speak with them about the dangers as we head into the homecoming and holiday season.

If you are dealing with a teen car accident in North Carolina, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of South and North Carolina, including Asheboro, Asheville, Greensboro and Lenoir.

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