Traffic accidents and car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States. Many times, the circumstances of the crash boil down to the inexperience of teen drivers who are simultaneously prone to distraction. Statistics reveal that teenagers are also prone to driving too fast, for teen drivers are more likely to speed than older drivers. They are also more likely to follow other cars too closely.
The driver’s sex also plays a role in their driving habits. In 2017, nearly a third of all male drivers aged 15 to 20 killed in auto accidents were speeding, compared with 18% of female drivers in the same age range.
As a result, many states, including Georgia, have graduated driver’s license policies, prohibiting them from having passengers in the vehicle until they reach a certain age.
Savannah Now reports that a Rincon teenager has been killed in a single-vehicle accident in Effingham County.
The accident happened at about 5:40 p.m. on Monday. A 16-year-old male was driving a 2015 Honda Accord at a high speed westbound on Zittrouer Road. He lost control of the vehicle, where the car struck three mailboxes, beginning at 906 Zittrouer Road.
The vehicle then went airborne and overturned. The 16-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
His passengers, identified as teens aged 16 to 19, were all rushed to a local hospital. One of the teens was not wearing their seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. That teen suffered from critical injuries.
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