An Omaha teenager suffered a broken clavicle, broken pelvis, collapsed lung and several broken ribs after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle, according to KETV in Omaha. Officers responded to the accident at 4th and Cedar and found that the boy had been riding on the hood of a moving vehicle driven by his 18-year-old brother. Officers did not cite anyone for the accident.
This type of accident demonstrates that teenagers are less mature when it comes to making critical decisions on the road. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of death for teens in the United States. In 2009, motor vehicle injuries killed eight teens ages 16 to 19 each day. Teenagers 16 to 19 years old are also four times more likely to crash than older drivers.
Several factors contribute to the increased number of accidents involving teen drivers:
- Teens are easily distracted when driving. Chattering passengers, blaring stereos, ringing cell phones and other distractions take their attention off the road.
- Some teens engage in risky behaviors to impress their friends. Speeding and other dangerous driving habits increase the risk for accidents.
- New drivers lack experience driving in inclement weather and other poor driving conditions.
Distracted and immature drivers put others at risk when they make mistakes. If you lost a loved one, or suffered serious injuries at the hands of a teen driver, the Omaha auto accident lawyers at Cullan & Cullan can help you. Our attorneys are also physicians, giving them special insight into how an accident affects the health and well-being of those injured. Call us at (402) 397-7600 to discuss your case at no cost to you.