It was just before 10:00 p.m. on the Fourth of July when a horrific crash occurred in the 5300 block of North State Road 7 in Tamarac, a city located just minutes away from Fort Lauderdale. The Sun Sentinel says Crystal McLeod, 17, was driving at a high rate of speed on State Road 7 when she “aggressively changed lanes and overcorrected her steering causing her vehicle to slide sideways.” The vehicle then crashed into a concrete pole and split into two.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue says the driver along with the four passengers that had been traveling with her were transported to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Sadly, McLeod and a one of her passengers, Ziair Simpson, 14, were pronounced dead at the hospital. The source says that two 14-year-old boys and a 16-year-old remained in serious condition as of Sunday night.
Did you know that car crashes remain the leading cause of teen deaths?
When a teenager is issued a license, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are “ready to have the same level of driving responsibility as an adult” [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]. The NHTSA says that “teen drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their immaturity, lack of skills, and lack of experience.” And because teens have a higher tendency to “speed, make mistakes, and get distracted,” they are more likely to engage in a car crash.
Therefore, if you have a teen driver living in your home and are looking for ways to keep them safe on the roadways, consider doing the following:
- Discuss with your teen the dangers associated with driving.
- Talk to your teen about drug and alcohol use. While it is illegal for teens to consume drugs or alcohol, the law doesn’t always stop them from doing it. Not only do some teens choose to engage in underage drinking, but they sometimes attempt to drive while drunk. It is important that your teen understands the laws they are required to abide by and the dangers associated with breaking them.
- Be a good role model for your teen driver.
Was your teen recently involved in an accident in Fort Lauderdale, FL?
Before you provide a statement to the insurance company or assume your teen is not entitled to recover compensation for their injuries, contact the Fort Lauderdale, FL car accident lawyers at Madalon Law. As an accident victim, your teen might be entitled to recover compensation for things like pain and suffering, medical expenses, and more. To learn more about your teen’s rights after a car crash in Fort Lauderdale, contact Madalon Law today.
You can reach Madalon Law at:
100 N. Federal Highway, #CU5
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301