Hampton, VA Wrongful Death Lawyer Report – Girl 17 is Charged over Crash that Killed 11-year-old
With schools and colleges closed for summer the rate of teenage drivers injured and killed on the roads of Virginia inevitably spikes.
There has already been one high profile crash involving a teen. A 17-year-old girl from Walkerton, VA has been charged in a three-vehicle crash that killed one and injured three earlier this month in King William County.
See this video about the teenage drivers.
I recently reported on the circumstances of this death and remarked on the potential for a wrongful death case to be brought by the family of an 11-year-old from Hayes who was killed in this crash.
The Daily Press reported how Virginia State police said the girl’s 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am stopped on Route 30 close to Route 65. The Grand Am then crashed into a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee in front of it.
Although we don’t know the circumstances of this case many teenage drivers are inexperienced and are prone to distractions.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention auto crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group.
In 2009, eight teens ages 16 to 19 died every single day from motor vehicle injuries. For every mile driven teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.
“Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road,” states the centers.
The thoughts of our Virginia wrongful death attorneys are with the family of this 11-year-old.