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Speeding a major cause of car crashes among teens

Society is paying so much attention to drunk driving and distracted driving; however, there is another issue that can also be a large contributor to fatal crashes among teenagers. Speeding can cause fatal accidents, and, according to statistics, it was the cause of 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers in 2000 and 33 percent in 2011.

To address the speeding issue, local, state and federal governments must recognize that speeding is one of the major causes of fatal accidents. The same is true for those advocating against drunk driving and distracted driving. If society continues to ignore the issue, then fatal crashes will continue to be a problem.

It all starts with the family. Parents must think before buying a car for their child. According to a highway safety consultant, teenagers are most likely to speed if they have their own vehicle. Parents should also consider choosing newer and larger cars for their children to drive instead of high-performance vehicles, as the high-performance vehicle may be a temptation for speeding. Finally, parents need to monitor their children's actions behind the wheel. By doing so, teen drivers may drive more safely and speed less.

The scary thing about speeding is that drivers, both experienced and new, can cause harm to themselves and to other people as well. Speeding can also be a factor in determining the negligent party in a car accident.

When conducting an accident investigation in Billings, Montana, authorities consider the speed of a vehicle prior to the accident. For those involved in car crashes, evidence of speeding can be used by the victims when filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver. If a car crash results in a fatality, the victim's family may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who caused the crash. The family may be entitled to fair and just compensation that will allow them to recover their financial losses.

Source: USA Today, "Speeding a deadly issue for teen drivers," Larry Copeland, June 25, 2013

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