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Crash Injuries Cause Teen Death

teen_deathA 17-year-old who was critically injured in a crash earlier this month has died at the University Medical Center, according to recent reports. The young man was traveling east on Sahara Avenue approaching Sloan Lane on December 3 when he somehow lost control of the car, causing it to spin and hit a lamp post. He was taken to UMC in critical condition and has remained there since until his death. No names or details have been released.

Car Crashes Major Cause of Teen Death

Car crashes are one of the most common causes of teen death. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that car crashes are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 16 and 19, accounting for 2,650 deaths and 292,000 injuries annually. This translates to seven teen deaths per day in motor vehicle accidents. Teen males are twice as likely as females to die in car crashes, and the risks also increase when teens have other teens in the car with them or have just gotten their licenses. Experts believe that teens are simply more likely than older drivers to underestimate the danger of situations, to speed and to allow less stopping time than older drivers. They also have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

What Can I Do To Protect My Teen?

If you have teens or are a teen driver, it is important for you to take steps to protect yourself and your family. First, emphasize the importance of seat belt use. The majority of teens seriously injured or killed in car crashes were not using seatbelts. Additionally, you should never drink and drive; parents may want to talk to their children about these dangers or actively monitor their use of the vehicle. If you are injured in a car accident, it may mean a great deal of therapy, medical intervention and other expensive treatments. In order to pay for these services, you may need to collect damages from the person who caused your accident. The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to protect our clients' rights. With help from Bernstein & Poisson, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs associated with a car accident.