April 18th, 2012 - by DKRPA
The topics of erratic teenage driving and texting while driving have been regular features on this blog. While the former is certain in the following car accident story, it is possible that the latter is involved as well.
In the late afternoon yesterday, a 19-year-old Florida resident was driving eastbound with his 17-year-old passenger. Another car, driving westbound by a 59-year-old man, was approaching the 19-year-old when suddenly the teenager’s vehicle drifted from its lane, crossing the center line and crashing into the man’s car.
The teen’s vehicle spun out of control after the initial crash, eventually colliding with a third vehicle that flipped over. The two teens were minimally harmed in the car accident, but both the 59-year-old man and the 47-year-old woman in the third vehicle had to be airlifted to a hospital due to the severe nature of their injuries.
There are a few things to consider here — first, was the 19-year-old driver texting while driving? Even if he was, there is no law that bans the act. However, if he was, the hypothetical act of texting may have caused him drive recklessly.
Recklessness behind the wheel is a driving violation, and responding Florida Highway Patrol officers cited the 19-year-old for failing to drive in a single lane.
The victims in this wreck are surely suffering from their injuries and they will likely rack up extensive medical bills (both the 59-year-old and 47-year-old were labeled in serious condition). With officers faulting the teenager for his recklessness, he could be held liable if the victims bring a personal injury suit against him.
Source: Land O’ Lakes Patch, “3-Car Accident Leaves 2 in Serious Condition,” Sherri Lonon, April 17, 2012