Car crashes can quickly take the lives of those we love and care about. Some crashes happen because other drivers aren't paying attention. Others occur because the driver in the car you're riding in isn't paying attention or loses control of the vehicle.
That appears to be what happened in this case that was reported on May 16. A 17-year-old was killed in an accident while five others in the vehicle were injured and required medical care.
The teen was thrown out of the vehicle when the 1999 Audi sedan went off the side of the road and up an embankment. As the vehicle rolled across the roadway, it eventually went off the right side of the road. It ended up in a ravine.
The driver, a 19-year-old male, had to be hospitalized with serious injuries. Others inside the vehicle also required hospitalization. No one in the vehicle had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, which may explain the extent of some of the injuries. The authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
This crash may have been preventable. It's always tragic when teens and young adults suffer the consequences of poor decision-making. If you or your child are impacted because of a dangerous driver, it's important to look into your right to compensation. You may have a collection of bills and other financial losses that you need to be compensated for. If your child is killed, you may be able to receive compensation with the help of your attorney to negotiate the claim.
Source: Aspen Daily News Online, "Teen killed in car crash outside of Carbondale," May 16, 2017