January 14th, 2013 - by DKRPA
Four people in two cars were injured — some of them severely — after a speeding vehicle crashed into a car attempting to make a left turn in Boca Raton, Florida. According to the police, the car that initiated the contact was travelling “at an excessive rate of speed” prior to the accident.
The driver of that vehicle is 20 years old, again highlighting that younger drivers are a high-risk demographic on the road. He was with two other people in the car — both aged 18 — prompting questions as to whether the 20-year-old driver was distracted or simply a victim of his own youthful foolishness, trying to impress his friends by tearing down the street at dangerous speeds.
The 20-year-old and one of the 18-year-olds were seriously injured in the crash, requiring an airlift to a local hospital. The other 18-year-old only suffered minor injuries. The 32-year-old woman in the victimized vehicle was also seriously injured, requiring hospitalization.
It is an unfortunate reminder that teen drivers — and really, younger drivers in general — lack the experience and respect for the road that older drivers possess. As a result, they get into more car accidents. But their youthful nature should not absolve them from liability in a serious car accident; especially one like this, where the victim likely faces a long road to recovery and extensive medical bills to cover.
The 20-year-old will be investigated and scrutinized, and depending on what the police find out about the man (and his driving record), the injured woman could seek civil justice, which could yield vital compensatory awards to help pay for her recovery.
Source: Palm Beach Post, “Three people hospitalized after Boca Raton crash are in serious but stable condition,” Ana M. Valdes, Jan. 9, 2013