A recent Chicago car accident has highlighted the importance of exercising extreme caution for teenage drivers. A 17-year-old driver who was headed north on McLindon Road in Minooka did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 6, which caused his car to be broadsided by a Honda Civic.
The teenage driver and a passenger in the front seat were treated and released from a local hospital. A 15-year-old girl who was traveling in the back seat lost her life in the car accident. Another female passenger who was seated in the back sustained serious injuries in the crash. The woman driving the Civic was injured as well, but information about the extent of her condition is unknown.
The driver was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, disobeying a stop sign and driving without insurance. Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol could have played a role in the crash.
Teens are vulnerable to distractions that could lead to an accident, such as texting while driving, loud music or even conversing with passengers. The driver in this Chicago car accident might be held liable for damages depending on the outcome of the police investigation. When a young person is killed in a car accident, family members could be left with a number of unexpected expenses as well as long-term emotional suffering. Parents who have lost a child due to a car accident death might seek the advice of a lawyer when it comes to holding someone accountable for their loved one’s death as well as possible compensation.
Source: CBS Chicago, “Teenager Killed In Crash In Minooka“, April 22, 2013